I BF my first DS for 2.5 years. He was never immunized, but possibly received mercury through my breastmilk. I have two huge fillings, less than 7 years old. I also have other numerous fillings.
My LO has some issues including allergies and gut issues and we may get a ASD diagnosis this coming week.
Fast forward to now. I have a sweet 9 month old with whom I am desperately trying to save our breastfeeding relationship.
He has pretty bad reflux (just like DS1 did). Up all night screaming.. and so on.
Don't flame me now.. he's been on hypoallergenic formula for almost 4 weeks. He seems to do better on it. Of course I am still pumping, trying to do whatever it takes to get him back on the breast. But something inside keeps nagging me about the possibility of my mercury fillings being a cause of my firstborns ASD problems.
I am in communication with a holistic dentist about possibly getting the mercury removed and having inlays put in. I have a cavity underneath that needs to be removed within the coming year. He says if he removes it, I can "pump and dump" for three days and then put him back on the breast. Really? But I heard somewhere it takes 18 months. When I questioned him about that, he said that he would be suctioning so that no mercury will be released. He also mentioned that he would not put me on anything to "detox" me, since he doesn't want to stir up the pot while I'm BFing. So with suctioning and no detox herbs and 3 days of dumping the milk he should be fine?
I'm getting old and want to have at least 2 more before I turn 40. Part of me thinks that maybe I should get this taken care of now, so that my future kids will have a better chance at being healthy. Please understand, I am not asking for help with the decision whether or not to breastfeed my child. I am seeking some more info, research and maybe your experiences with mercury and breastfeeding.
Edited by Thing1Thing2 - 11/12/11 at 12:05pm