If you have found your way to My MSPI Baby chances are your baby has just been diagnosed with MSPI (Milk Soy Protein Intolerance), or you are researching symptoms that your baby is experiencing and you are thinking that this just might be what’s going on with your little one.
Let me share our road to an MSPI diagnoses with you and you can see if any of this might sound familiar.
When our third bundle of joy was born I decided that I was definitely going to breastfeed this time around, even though it didn’t go so well with the previous two (stay tuned for more on this later). 😉 However, once again we had some issues right from the start but this time I decided that I would try exclusively pumping, as at least he would be receiving all the wonderful benefits of breast milk even if it was being delivered in a bottle. Of course many of you that have been down the exclusively pumping road know, there is definitely a lot more involved, including middle of the night pumping sessions, washing pump parts and bottles, maintaining a strict pumping schedule the first couple of months, and so much more…but regardless, I had a new found determination to make this work!
Right from the very beginning it seemed like this little boy had some funky things going on with his tummy…so much gas, congestion, and a total inability to sleep for more than just a few minutes at a time. Yes, our sweet little man was definitely giving us a run for our money.
Over the next few weeks even more symptoms started to arise….colicky behavior, explosive bowel movements, eczema on his face and head, and some definite signs of reflux (which our older two children had dealt with before).
We tried everything that we could think of including Infant Gas Relief Drops and Gripe Water. Both would take the edge off for very short periods of time, but the relief never lasted for long as they were essentially just acting as a band-aid…treating or covering up the symptoms, but doing nothing for the root cause.
We decided that it was finally time to take a trip to our pediatrician to attempt to get a better handle on what was going on, as this little boy clearly wasn’t happy and was suffering in some way. Of course if you know anything about me it’s that I’m a researcher, so I of already had a strong suspicion that we were dealing with MSPI and possibly reflux as well.
If your baby is experiencing reflux, medication can sometimes help relieve some of the symptoms, but if the reflux is being caused by a sensitivity to milk and soy proteins, these will need to be fully removed from his or her diet to get to the bottom of the cause of the reflux. Sometimes switching to a dairy and soy-free formula will take care of the problem for those babies who are bottle fed. But if your baby is being fed breast milk like mine, you’ll need to remove all dairy and soy ingredients including the hidden ones.
After sharing all of this goodness with our doctor, she too thought it sounded like there was a definite possibility that this is what we were dealing with too. However, there really isn’t a good definitive test to diagnose MSPI (especially in babies so young). About the best they could do was test some of his stool samples for traces of blood, which they ultimately found. So my elimination diet would begin as ironically enough I was even more determined to make this whole breastfeeding, or in my case pumping thing work!
Does any of this sound familiar to you? Make sure to share in the comments section down below so that we can all learn from each other!