Lactose Intolerance: what it is, how to diagnose and strategies for your family

As a family who relies on drinking lactose-free milk and avoiding lots of dairy, I’m always interested in learning more about Lactose Intolerance, as well as strategies to make life with Lactose Intolerance easier. In December, I was asked to be a part of a webinar, discussing Lactose Intolerance with the National Dairy Council, a respected specialist and a few other parents who, also, live with Lactose Intolerance. (The videos and this post are a part of the NDC sponsored program).

I learned a few things:

  • I’m doing pretty much the same as other parents in making my family food as enjoyable as possible
  • Lactose Intolerance is confusing to many, and, unfortunately, I still believe there are a lot of misconceptions out there in the world
  • I will never agree with doctors or specialists who say that everyone can drink regular milk. I know there are many who do, but, clearly, they haven’t lived through what we’ve lived through
  • There are many strategies that make living with Lactose Intolerance easier. I shared several in this post last year.
  • Almost everything you enjoy eating can be prepared Lactose-free, and still using dairy products. Here’s an example recipe for French Toast.

Testing for Lactose Intolerance

We never fully tested for Lactose Intolerance (read our diagnosis story here.) I was never even made aware that there is a test for the intolerance, but our “experiment” and the pain it was putting my son through was enough proof we needed: in my opinion, if you see trend or a problem and you know there’s a solution, there is no reason to formally put your child back on a food that is causing him pain. That would have been cruel and unusual punishment to my then four-year-old, and I told his doctor that when I refused to further “test” for this intolerance. (Really, read the story.)

However, there are official tests and ways to determine if you or someone you love is, in fact, Lactose Intolerant. Here’s the information Pediatric Gastroenterologist Dr. Murray shared with 5 bloggers (and me) about what creates Lactose Intolerance in the body (sponsored and created by the the NDC.) (Watch the video here or view on YouTube.)


Strategies for living with Lactose Intolerance from the National Dairy Council

(watch the video here, or on YouTube.)

Here are more strategies on living with Lactose Intolerance. 

mom of 3 and wife living in the Philadelphia suburbs, Julie is a former elementary school teacher and a Public Relations manager. She is the owner/editor of Julieverse, a merchandiser with Chloe + Isabel ( and founder VlogMom and Splash Creative Media. A marketing strategist and freelance education and parenting writer by trade, Julie attempts to carve out time to enjoy playing with her kids, PTO, cooking and exercise.

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