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    Default Will i be able to breastfeed again after a two week break?

    Hi everyone - if anyone could offer there advice I would be really grateful. I need to stop breastfeeding my 10 month year old for 1-2 weeks because I am having some dental work carried out that involves removal of amalgams and I am concerned that I will have increased mercury in my milk even though the right precautions are being taken. I intend to pump and dump during the 2 week break and then (hopefully) return to breastfeeding. My LO feeds about 8 times a day at the moment so I am thinking he will need around 4oz of formula or previously expressed milk each feed. What do you think? Also, will he return to breastfeed after? I am worried he won't but wanted to carry on until he is 24 months. We have bottle teats that are supposed to be like breastfeeding and I will try to feed in the same positions to mimic breast feeding. Has anyone else had to do something similar? I have put of my dental work for 6 months but I can't wait any longer now.
    Thank you for any advice xx

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    Default Re: Will i be able to breastfeed again after a two week brea

    Between 1 month and a year, babies on average drink 24 oz in 24 hours, ranging typically between 19 and 30 oz. So, 4 oz every 8 hours should be plenty, maybe even a little more than he usually gets - a meal at the breast often varies from nursing session to nursing session, and could be 1 oz for a quick drive-by snack, 2 to 3 oz for a typical session, and maybe 4 oz for a longer session after a longer stretch of sleep, for example. If possible you'll want to pump 8 times a day too, if that is what you usually do, and make sure you are using a good pump - if possible a double-electric, maybe think about renting a hospital-grade pump for those weeks. Paced feeding will help maintain a breastfeeding style of feeding: https://www.llli.org/docs/0000000000...astfedbaby.pdf. If baby has not had formula before you might want to check whether he will drink it before the day of the procedure. I think in all likelihood he will return to nursing after this period of time, if not, treat it as a nursing strike, not weaning, and use back-to-breast techniques to get him back to nursing. Personally, I've had separations of up to 5 days from baby for work trips, and never had a problem with them resuming nursing, in fact they were always eager to do so.

    I know there have been threads on here about the dental work/mercury issue, but since I've never faced this situation I've never looked into it. You might want to search the forums a bit more or hopefully someone else can comment.

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    Default Re: Will i be able to breastfeed again after a two week brea

    Thank you very much, great information and also very reassuring. I will search the forums for more info. I have found the information in general on amalgam removal and breastfeeding a bit thin on the ground, so if anyone has any experience that would be great to know. From what i have found, in case anyone else is looking for facts and figures, after amalagams are removed the mercury levels increase in the body over about a week, peak and then exponentially decline, so that is my reasoning around waiting two weeks to resume nursing. My dentist actually advised waiting only 24 hours!

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    Default Re: Will i be able to breastfeed again after a two week brea

    Hmm, definitely worth looking into then. You don't want to have to pump and dump for any longer than necessary. Here are a couple threads I've found on the forums that address the issue:
    http://forums.llli.org/showthread.ph...hlight=amalgam
    http://forums.llli.org/showthread.ph...hlight=amalgam

    Particularly relevant to you:
    http://forums.llli.org/showthread.ph...-please-advise

    And this is the kelly mom information:
    http://kellymom.com/bf/can-i-breastf...icals/mercury/

    After reading through all this, it looks like a period of pumping and dumping may be advisable if you can't postpone the procedure. But, it would be great if your dentist could take the precautions discussed in the kelly mom article. Unfortunately InfantRisk no longer seems to have a number to call which is very disappointing.

    If you want to get more information from some of the other moms, consider starting a new thread specifically with the words "mercury" and "amalgams" in the title, you might get some more eyeballs and some more information.

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