When I was in middle school, my way of rebelling my parents divorce and my father’s new girlfriend was to become a vegetarian and make everyone’s lives difficult, because I’m a badass like that. For ten years I subsisted on mostly cheese, yogurt, ice cream and variations of these. My favorite romantic memory of my husband is of a Valentine’s Day when I was in college and he was working night shift. We both came home super late on Tuesday’s and had dinner together, and when i came home that day, the Mechanic had gone to Coldstone early that morning and bought a gallon of my favorite mix to enjoy with homemade whipped cream and tons of sprinkles as dinner. (It’s romantic because he HATES sweets and we’re pretty sure he’s lactose intolerant..) I can be bribed to do almost anything with ice cream, and I have a habit of dipping entire bites of pasta into grated cheese.
So you can imagine that when Ryan was diagnosed with a Milk-Soy Protein Intolerance, I was pretty bummed. Two weeks into having a little baby, Ryan started getting super cranky. At this point, I figured that he was out of his super sleepy, quiet newborn phase, so I brushed it off. He was finally gaining weight, and as a first time mom with little-to-no baby experience, I was unsure that his screaming was anything other than normal.
But his poops never got yellow, and stayed bright green. He started spitting up literal handfuls of milk that I would catch in an effort to keep the mess in on spot. His screaming jaunts continued, and his diapers started to get stringy and mucus-y. It wasn’t until blood started that I Googled and came to a conclusion – this kid had an allergy.
I started with just cutting out milk, and then quickly realized that soy was a problem too, so I cut that out too. Very quickly, he stopped screaming and spitting up, and by his 1 month appointment his diapers were clear. At that same appointment, the doctor confirmed my suspicion.
My choices were stop breastfeeding, which was going extremely well, and go on a milk/soy free formula, or keep breastfeeding and continue on a dairy and soy free diet. I chose to keep breastfeeding, which I am glad I did. (Though I miss ice cream and cheese and eating out with no complications!!) Knowing my child is getting the best I can give him is worth the inconvenience.
I asked Ryan’s pediatrician at his 4 month appointment when we can start trials – eating some soy or dairy and waiting it out. When you look online, you find everything from 3 months to 18 months. Our doctor told us 1 year. According to him, if we wait out the whole year, avoiding contact with soy and dairy, the chances that he has a long-lasting allergy are greatly reduced.
So that’s that! I’ve got at least 8 more months on this diet. I’ve definitely found some work arounds with this diet that I’m planning on sharing. If you have any tips or tricks, please leave them in the comments!