The Lactose Myth

The Lactose Myth

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.

What do we know about lactose?

Parents and health professionals alike frequently exclude lactose from an infant’s diet in an attempt to treat symptoms involving loose stools and colic, whether this is thought to be due to cows’ milk allergy, lactose intolerance or both. This practice may be short-sighted as the inclusion of lactose in the diet is suggested to offer a number of advantages...

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  • What do we know about lactose?
    Dr Lisa Waddell