Choose lactose-free alternatives
In lieu of dairy products, you can look for lactose-free alternatives. These include lactose-free baby formula, and lactose-free or lactose-reduced milk4.
If your baby is a bit older, you can also give them soy milk or rice milk as alternatives. Though, it is important to know that these products don’t contain the minerals found in cow’s milk, so you’ll need to supplement your child’s nutrition through other foods.
Make up for the lack of dairy with a healthy diet
Since your child can’t consume dairy products, you’ll need to provide them another source of vitamin D, calcium, protein, etc5.
A good way to go about this would be to add more fruits and vegetables to their diet. In particular, dark green vegetables are rich in calcium. Oily fish, liver, and egg yolks can be a good source of vitamin D. Protein can be found in fish, chicken, red meat, as well as nuts and legumes.
Milk substitutes such as soy milk, rice milk, oat milk, or almond milk also contain essential nutrients that your child needs.
Lactase drops can sometimes help
Lastly, there are lactase drops available that could potentially help your child digest dairy products. These are typically mixed with breast milk, and then given to babies.
The lactase drops can help digest the lactose in the breast milk and allows lactose intolerant babies to drink it without any problem.
Learn more about Baby Nutrition here.