This sweet face has a secret. Every since she was born she couldn’t handle diary. When I was nursing (or using a pump rather) we could never understand why she would constantly projectile vomit after every single meal. It was horrible. The pediatrician, of course, told us to use formula because something was wrong with me (her words, not mine!). I wasn’t happy with that answer so I went searching for the answer.
Turns out dairy was the culprit and that meant that I couldn’t drink or eat heavy amounts of dairy. It was a sad day because I had (if I remember correctly) over 100oz of mama’s milk in the freezer that now had to be thrown away. So the non-dairy diet was working and Kendall’s body was accepting my milk. Take that pediatrician!
Once we hit the 4-5-month-old mark I pretty much stopped producing milk and nothing was helping my supply so onto formula she went. The process to find a formula that her body would not reject was a long one and in the meantime we dealt with vomiting and constipation all the time. We finally found the right formula, but we knew that soon she would be old enough for real milk and that scared Charles and I.
To prolong the inevitable we kept Kendall on formula but use the new toddler stuff. That was a lot of money just being wasted, though. We had to find a solution and bite the imaginary dairy bullet.
We tried all different kinds of milk and “milk” options. Thankfully, we found our savory when we came to Lactaid. It was something that Kendall instantly loved and so did her digestive tract. To this day, she can only drink Lactaid or small amounts of Soy milk without having any issues.
No one else in the family was really fond of any daily products other than real milk, but we knew for the sake of Kendall we would have to learn to love Lactaid when it came to cooking meals. One of the family’s favorite foods I make is Baked French Toast and it was love at first site when I found the Lactaid Baked French Toast with Orange Syrup recipe on their site.
- Nonstick cooking spray
- 2 eggs, slightly beaten
- 1 cup LACTAID® Reduced Fat Milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 8 (1/2-inch-thick) slices French bread
- 1/4 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Sifted powdered sugar (optional)
- Heat oven to 450 degrees F.
- Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray. In a pie plate combine eggs, LACTAID® Reduced Fat Milk, vanilla, and 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Soak bread slices in egg mixture for about 1 minute per side. Place on prepared baking sheet.
- Bake in a 450 degree F oven about 6 minutes or until bread is lightly browned. Turn bread over and bake 5 to 8 minutes more or until slightly puffed.
- For orange syrup, stir together orange peel, orange juice, honey, cornstarch, and 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir 2 minutes more. Remove from heat.
- Sift powdered sugar over toast, if desired. Serve with warm orange syrup.
So let’s talk a little about Lactose and what it is.
What is Lactose?
- Lactose is the major carbohydrate in milk and other dairy foods.
- Lactose (milk sugar) consists of two simple sugars – glucose and galactose.
- Lactose must be broken down into glucose and galactose by the intestinal enzyme lactase before it can be absorbed by the body.
What does it mean to be Lactose Intolerant?
- Most people produce that natural enzyme, lactase, which breaks down lactose (sugar in milk). The amount of lactase your body produces will determine how much lactose your body can break down.
- Everyone has different levels of lactose intolerance.
- It is common for lactose intolerance to be progressive; many people develop a lactose intolerance later in life.
What is LACTAID?
- LACTAID® Products can help people who have a lactose sensitivity to digest dairy products without stomach discomfort so they can enjoy the creamy, delicious taste of dairy that they love.
- LACTAID provides the lactase that the body can’t produce enough of, which helps you break down lactose.
- LACTAID® Dairy Products are 100% real dairy, just with a natural yeast-derived enzyme added called lactase.
- LACTAID® Lactose-Free Products include Milks, Cottage Cheese, Ice Cream and Eggnog.
- LACTAID® is the nation’s #1 lactose-free dairy brand.
LACTAID is real milk – 100% lactose-free – with the same nutrient profile. You get a slightly sweeter taste because the lactase enzyme is added to the milk to break down the lactose. And did you know you need about 1,000M mg of calcium a day? Well, Lactaid gives you 500 mg (compared to a regular glass of milk which only has 300 mg of calcium) in an 8 oz. Drink 2 glasses of Lactaid a day and you’ve got your full serving of calcium!
You can find recipes and stay connected with Lactaid!
- Website: http://www.lactaid.com
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Lactaid
- Recipes: http://recipes.lactaid.com/
- Videos: food.today.com and youtube.com/LACTAID
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Disclosure: This conversation is made possible through The Motherhood blogger network in partnership with Lactaid. I received compensation for my time, not my opinions. As always, all thoughts and opinions remain my own unless noted otherwise.