Well the last week has been difficult...I went ahead with removing 2 fillings yesterday but not without some angst.
Our naturopath thought I should wait until I was finished bf'ing. She thought that removal of the fillings would substantially increase the mercury in my system. (Actually we discussed other issues I was having too and she thought it was time to wean for my health too, so in retrospect, she was not very supportive of me as a whole I think.)
I had asked my dentist specifically about this and her protocol for removal is completely different than the average dentist (the whole reason why I'm going to her in the first place). My dentist uses the IAOMT guidelines of oxygen tube for my nose, outside air venting, rubber dam, water spray cutting and even puts charcoal in my mouth. Perhaps my naturopath wasn't familiar with this protocol and the difference it can make.
It was not an easy decision for me, but to help me I spent quite some time reading the IAOMT site and also found a medical study that supports the safety of this protocol:http://www.algonet.se/~leif/yfMOL95a.html
|The Hg-concentrations did not significantly increase in the two groups after amalgam removal. Six days after the removal the plasma mean concentrationwas significantly decreased at p<0.05 level and ten days after the decrease was at a permanent p<0.005 level.
I've decided to reduce the frequency of bf'ing for a week after the removal and feel that is an easy way to cut down on any potential increase in exposure. Abrupt weaning or even waiting and weaning gradually just didn't feel right for us right now. Thankfully this is the weekend and DH can distract DS easily and put him to bed at night. I am down to only bf'ing him once in the middle of the night for the next few days b/c that is the most crucial time of need for him when distractions don't work. This is a lot less than our usual 4x a day.
I feel very good about this decision and the removal wasn't bad at all.
I'm on some supplements to help digestion and elimination but am not doing any supplements that could cause the mercury to be dislodged from within my tissues as I want it to stay where it is for now so as not to be released in my milk.
I'm taking extra vitamin C and eating foods that contain a lot of sulfur (eggs, garlic, onions, cabbage, brussel sprouts, broccoli, asparagus, nuts, red meat, coconut, avocado) ... both substances bind to mercury and help to excrete it. I'm also using psyllium and bentonite to absorb toxins, an herbal Colon Clear product for short term and digestive enzymes.
Can I just say I HATE pumping and dumping, ugh.