It was confirmed that my son was lactose intolerant when he was about six months old. He had suffered from silent reflux and the symptoms were masked until this was treated, as they were very similar.
During the initial stages of weaning, and whilst he was only taking formula, it was easy to manage his intolerance. The dietitian encouraged me to begin the milk ladder which means introducing lactose in small doses to see how he reacted to it. It was a very slow process and although he reacted well to things like yoghurt and small amounts of chocolate, he didn’t react well to cows milk so I was told to stop and attempt the ladder again after three months.
I continued to allow my son to have the items that I knew hadn’t caused him to react and after the three months was up I attempted cows milk once again. On the advice of the dietitian, I introduced it into his nightly bottle. My son never takes more than a 6oz bottle so I put in 4oz of lactose free formula and 2oz of milk. I was slightly concerned that my son would notice it tasted a little different, but he guzzled it down as he normally does and had no reaction to the lactose.
On the second night I tried 3oz of formula and 3oz of milk and found that once again he had no reaction, so I continued to swap out the formula for milk an oz at a time as the nights went by.
My son is now drinking cows milk! However, I still monitor the amount of lactose he consumes on a daily basis as I have noticed that if he has too much, it still upsets his stomach and is evident in his nappies.
What approach did you take to make the transition to cows milk?