Posts Tagged ‘milk’

Breastfeeding baby

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

My baby who is 18days old today can now left her head when position to prone, she can change her head from left to right. Is it too early for her to do that? I am happy to know that my baby is doing great and healthy. Though its very tiring for me but just one smile from her thats enough for me to do my job as a mother for a day. I see to it that she can get what she needs from me. To breastfeed a baby is not easy but I feel so satisfied to see her growing fast and healthy. Breastmilk is the best! Thank you Lord for giving a lot of milk supply in me!

What is Lactose Intolerance?

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

In my field of practice, I only see few cases of lactose intolerance in babies. We need to know about it since we don’t know our own babies may have one. Lactose intolerance is the body’s reduced capacity to digest lactose the main sugar in dairy products.

Normally, lactose is digested by lactase, the enzyme present in the lining of the small intestine. A lactase deficiency prevents complete lactose absorption. Lactose intolerance affects around 70 percent of individuals worldwide.

The common symptoms are: babies may experience stomach pain, diarrhea, bloating, and gas or colic. These are due to the failure of the intestine to efficiently process lactose, resulting in frequent and acidic stools. Diarrhea causes fluid and electrolyte imbalance, which leads to dehydration and even death in severe cases.

Lactose intolerance appears to increase during childhood for unknown reasons. Late onset of lactase deficiency develops between three and five years of age. Most lactose- intolerant individuals are able to absorb 24 t0 36 percent of the quantity tolerated by normal individuals. This is a approximately equivalent to eight to 12 ounces of milk.