A breastfeeding mom called us, inquiring about the safety of her breastmilk after the removal of a mercury filling by her dentist. We referred her to the Infant Risk Center (806-352-2519) for the most up-to-date information on safety of medications, etc. for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.
Their advice was to delay the removal of mercury fillings until mom is no longer pregnant or breastfeeding. If the procedure MUST be done immediately, request that the dentist use a rubber dam to prevent mom from getting mercury into her system. The dentist should also rinse continuously to minimize exposure to mercury vapor. The BRC mom who called our office had already had the procedure done and was questioning the safety of her breastmilk which she was pumping and saving until she found out an answer to her question. The experts at the Risk Center advised her to go ahead and use the breastmilk and resume breastfeeding. They indicated that she would get more mercury from eating fish than from the procedure. They emphasized that the benefits of the breastmilk outweighed any potential mercury exposure.