Cows’ Milk Allergy is commonly confused with lactose intolerance but they are very different: lactose intolerance does not involve the body's immune system. The two share some signs and symptoms, such as stomach and gut problems.
It is important to know the difference between lactose intolerance and CMA, as the two have different causes and also treatments; in addition, CMA usually develops early in life, whereas lactose intolerance is extremely rare before the age of 5 years.
Lactose has many benefits to an infant and is an important component of breastmilk. Learn more about lactose below.