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Lactose is a natural sugar found in milk also in milk products. Lactose intolerance means that you have problems digesting the lactose. There are a lots of people which are intolerant to lactose in UK and they do not know.
How do you know your baby is lactose intolerant?
Few of the symptoms of lactose intolerant in babies are:
**cramps or pain in the abdomen
**bloating or swelling in the abdomen
All this can cause damage to your baby intestines if you continue feeding him milk which contain lactose. You need to speak to your doctor before making any changes in your baby's diet. Babies are very sensitive when it comes to change milk so you may need to do it graduate. If you think your baby is lactose intolerant talk to your GB I am sure that you can have him tested first.
Enough with the medical advise! SMA lactose free milk is what my baby had since week 4 as my milk dried out after two weeks. I am lactose intolerant so is my husband buy I did not have my baby tested. First few days after my milk dried I gave him Cow&Gate from birth onwards and he was vomiting nearly after every meal after three days of nightmares my midwife suggested I try the lactose free milk from SMA, I think you can get lactose free milk for babies on the prescription but she just want it me to try this one. So I went to Boots I bought the SMA Lactose free milk 430g for £5.43 which I thought was a fair price.
I'll be honest from the first meal my boy was not vomiting anymore and the next day the diarrhea stopped and Baby J started to have soft stools and after few days the crying stopped in the night and he started sleeping very well. He is still on SMA 430g lactose free and I am not going to change it.
The SMA lactose free contains milk proteins vitamin A, D, E, K, C, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12, B6, Pantothenic Acid, Potassium, Chloride, Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Iron, Zinc, Copper, Manganese, Fluoride, Selenium, Iodine, Chromium, Molybdenum.
As you can see the formula contains all sorts of vitamins and Minerals which are necessary in your little one growth and develop.
If you think it is a little costly please talk to your GB and if your child is lactose intolerant I am sure you can get it on prescription.
Thanks for reading, hope this helps!
My sons are lactose intolerant. They can have a small quantity of lactose but a bottle of formula milk contains too much lactose for them to digest. In case of the elder one I don't have problem already with the formula milk as he is almost 3 years old. My younger one doesn't eat very well so I have to give him 2-3 bottles of formula milk every day. I consulted loads of doctors and nurses about it and all of them agreed to give him formula milk as he is teething.
When I asked lactose free formula milk over the counter in November 2009 I was told that without prescription it would cost about 30 pounds a tub. Well I ran to the GP for the prescription as we cannot afford 6 tubs per month. We had a prescription and we received the formula milk for free. I wrote a review already on that formula milk. I received a not too kind comment that I would drive NHS into crash by getting the formula milk for free for my kid... I never asked for free formula milk I just wanted lactose free formula milk for affordable price. I went to a paediatric doctor who suggested me to buy SMA low-lactose formula milk over the counter. I checked the price on Lloyds Pharmacy's website and I found that such formula milk doesn't exist but I can buy lactose free formula milk without prescription over the counter without asking the GP to prescribe it and driving NHS to crash just for 5.10 pounds. So I ordered a tub to try it and finally we stick to this formula milk. I am extremely happy that I don't have to convince the GP that my son still needs it and I have a chance to decide how long I give my son formula milk (he is 1 year old). I think that spending 24/7 time with him it is only me who can decide whether he needs today formula milk or he is okay with a glass of water.
So after such a long introduction let me present the formula milk that saved my life. It is SMA LF Gold System. It comes in a white tub with some blue at the edges. There is a huge SMA logo on it and below it you can see a golden circle showing that this product is member of SMA's Gold System which means that it is a specially tailored formula, it is naturally complete and it is easy to digest. The formula milk is lactose free and it is suitable from birth onwards. My son was about 6-7 month old when I started to give him formula milk as I had not enough milk to breastfeed him. I didn't give up I just had to give him supplement. He was about 8 months old when he started to have diarrhoea from the normal formula milk which symptoms were exactly the same as in case of my elder son. I wasn't surprised as all of us are lactose intolerants.
This formula milk has to be prepared exactly as the other ones: 1 scoop to 30 ml warm water. It has no smell at all and dissolves in water quite well. Its colour is slightly darker than Enfamil or Hipp Formula milks. It has such colour as the margarine. I decided to do what the paediatric said and give low lactose formula milk for my son so I buy normal formula milk as well and add 2 scoops from that and 5 scoops from the lactose free to make his stomach work a little bit with digesting the lactose but not to overload it. Life is not easy...
The ingredients of this formula milk are: dried glucose syrup, vegetable oils, milk proteins, potassium chloride, sodium phosphate, calcium citrate, potassium phosphate, emulsifier (soya lecithin), calcium carbonate, potassium bicarbonate, calcium phosphate, magnesium phosphate, calcium hydroxide, inositol, sodium chloride, choline chloride, vitamin C, magnesium carbonate, taurine, potassium hydroxide, L-carnitine, ferrous sulphate, zinc sulphate, cytidine-5'-monophosphate, disodium uridine-5'-monophosphate, vitamin E, niacin, adenosine-5'-monophosphate, disodium inosine-5'-monophosphate, vitamin A, pantothenic acid, disodium guanosine-5'-monophosphate, riboflavin, magnese sulphate, thiamine, copper sulphate, vitamin B6, vitamin D, potassium iodide, folic acid, vitamin K biotin, sodium selenite, vitamin B12. Contains milk and soya.
I have loads to write about this formula milk so I don't need the ingredients to fill the minimum number of words. The reason I typed them is that you don't have any chance to read the ingredients without ordering a tub of it. At least I haven't found the list of ingredients on the internet. When you have a baby who has some allergies and intolerances you check the list of ingredients carefully before you buy a product.
The tub contains 430 g of powder formula milk which is enough for us for about a week. It is worth shopping around because the difference can be quite a lot. Our local Lloyds Pharmacy sent me to another town as they don't have in stock and they didn't want to order it. I went to the other pharmacy and they ordered it for me but they sold it for 5.65 pounds instead of 5.10. As I tested already I will order from Lloyds online shop. They deliver free orders over 40 pounds.
This formula milk is not suitable for babies who are allergic to cow's milk protein or who suffer from galactosaemia or require a galactose free diet. For more information about the product please visit the www.smanutrition.co.uk site.
To sum up I think it is a shame that without knowing the exact brand and name of special formula milk that is stored over the counter you cannot get it. Now I am happy that I can buy lactose free formula milk for my money and I don't have to ask permission to feed my one year old son with formula milk as a supplement to his normal food. So it is good to know that this particular product is available without prescription over the counter. Usually the pharmacies don't store them in stock but they can order you for the next day. It is good formula milk which has no fish smell (actually has no smell at all) and dissolves quite well in warm water. It has similar taste to the other formula milks on the market. Highly recommended for lactose intolerant babies. Contact your GP anyway because probably you can have this formula milk for prescription as well.
SMA LF - SMA Lactose Free - replacement milk - food for special medical purposes, for infants and young children with proven lactose intolerance. Recommended for babies 0-18 months.
My youngest son was initially breast fed until he was 6 weeks old, I then decided to move him onto infant formula. My 2 older children had both been fed SMA Gold and thoroughly enjoyed it therefore it was my intention to use SMA Gold for this baby also. Unfortunately things did not work out as planned.
Within a short period of using ordinary infant formula, SMA Gold, it became obvious that the baby was not happy. He was unsettled after feeding, windy, his stools were dark green and he broke out in eczema from head to toe. We were advised to change our formula and tried 2 different brands neither of which relieved the situation. We had a very unhappy baby. Eventually a new health visitor advised that the baby may be lactose intolerant and suggested SMA LF, this was then agreed by our GP and this lactose free formula was prescribed for the baby.
The health visitor told us if there was to be any change we would notice within the week. Within 72 hours the baby's eczema had practically receeded, he was more settled and his stools appeared much more normal. He has continued to thrive on the formula and we now have a happy, contented baby. My son is now nearly 10 months old and we continue to use SMA LF, my son is thriving, contented and happy.
SMA LF cannot be bought over the counter, it must be medically prescribed.
The formula itself is made up in exactly the same way as ordinary formula, it smells the same and it tastes the same, so our baby is very happy to drink it. There are very detailed directions on the tin on how to prepare the formula, there is also a guide to how much formula a baby should have at particular ages.
I would advise anyone with an unhappy hard to settle baby to seek help from their health professionals.
More information can be found at www.smanutrition.co.uk
SMA lactose free milk is suitable from birth onwards.