I've recently been diagnosed with a fairly rare form of cancer (myxoid liposarcoma). In hindsight, I clearly had it while I was pregnant with my son (now 9 mos. old). Fortunately my tumor is low grade and I should hopefully be successfully treated with a course of radiation and surgery to remove the mass.
DS is exclusively BFd and I hadn't planned to add anything other than breastmilk to his diet until he was a year old. My older two self-weaned at 2.5 years and around 4 years respectively so I had sort of planned on BFing for a long while yet. I've been assured that it should be safe to continue BFing throughout the 5 weeks of radiation and my other treatment, but I'm feeling conflicted for a number of reasons....Given that I'll be killing cancer cells in my body with the radiation, I'd REALLY like to step up the use of things like kombucha, sodium ascorbate, cultured foods, etc. to help move out the toxins from my body that will surely be produced by this whole process, but I don't want to push all these toxins out into my milk and thus into my son, especially since I'm already worried about what it might have done to him to have been gestating in a body that had cancer growing right along with him. I could attempt to supplement him for a short-term period of a couple months while I have treatment and flush my system (I'd have to pump & dump to attempt to maintain a milk supply) and then try to relactate after all is said & done, but I know from pumping while working FT when #1 was a baby that it's stressful for me physically and emotionally and this is not the time to add stress to my life. The third factor is some concern that I have about the hormones in my body potentially contributing to my tumor growth....now this is just my own wild musing, but I know that my teeth went to hell when I went through puberty (tons of cavaties) and I've had 5 root canals (2 of which failed) and a tooth extraction/implant all since having my first (I've been either pregnant or BFing for the past 8+ yrs. straight) furthermore, my tumor is a fatty tumor and fat produces hormones (estrogen) too so I have reason to suspect that my body is really sensitive to hormone shifts and I wonder if the prolonged change in hormones from years of pregnancy/BFing is wreaking havoc on my health-not dissing PG or BFing of course, but my system seems to be really stressed by them for some reason.
Bottom line, I don't know what to do...should I wean my baby (which makes me want to sob) and focus on getting/keeping his mama healthy, or should I maintain our nursing relationship through treatment/surgery and then aim to detox in a couple years when he weans while hoping to avoid a recurrence in that time? Any other ideas out there?