What are some tips to deal with lactose intolerance?
- Drink milk in small amounts, ¼-½ cup at a time with meals and snacks.
- Drink whole milk as it may be better tolerated.
- Eat yogurt. The bacteria in yogurt will help your body break down lactose.
- Eat hard cheeses such as Cheddar and Swiss that are virtually lactose free.
- Try lactose-reduced milk or lactase drops that can be added to regular milk.
Can I get tested for lactose intolerance?
Yes, ask your doctor to send you for a hydrogen breath test. It is a simple non-invasive test that will confirm that your symptoms are caused by lactose intolerance.
Are lactose intolerance and milk allergy the same thing?
No! Lactose intolerance is a condition where people have difficulty digesting the naturally occurring sugar in milk called lactose. A milk allergy is a reaction to the protein in milk. The key difference is that lactose intolerance can be managed so that people with lactose intolerance can still enjoy dairy products. People with milk allergies, although very rare, must avoid all dairy products.
For more information see our resource – Milk and Lactose Intolerance