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tuna fish

Posted by on Aug. 19, 2011 at 4:18 PM
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Is it safe to eat tuna fish while nursing?
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maggiemom2000
by on Aug. 19, 2011 at 9:39 PM

Yes! There is not a single food that is not safe to eat while nursing. You can safely eat ANYTHING (spicy food, sushi, chocolate, anything!)

You may want to limit certain fish due to mercury contamination:

From kellymom.com

 Should I be avoiding certain kinds of fish?

 

Due to the risk of too-high levels of methylmercury affecting an unborn child, the US Food & Drug Administration advises pregnant women to avoid eating several types of fish:shark, swordfish, king mackeral and tilefish (these are longer-lived, larger fish that feed on other fish and are thus more likely to accumulate higher levels of mercury). Per the FDA, "While it is true that the primary danger from methylmercury in fish is to the developing nervous system of the unborn child, it is prudent for nursing mothers and young children not to eat these fish as well." They recommend that your consumption of other kinds of fish (shellfish, canned fish, smaller ocean fish or farm-raised fish) average no more than 12 ounces per week.

Others recommend that the FDA list of unsafe fish be expanded. See Mercury In Your Fish by Ken Cook, President of the Environmental Working Group, for additional information and suggested lists of safe and unsafe fish during pregnancy.

What about tuna? Per the FDA, you can safely include tuna as part of your weekly fish consumption. The FDA ranks fresh and canned tuna as "Fish and Shellfish With Much Lower Mercury Levels." The varieties of fish that the FDA does suggest we avoid contain methylmercury in amounts ranging from 0.96-1.45 PPM (parts per million). Fresh tuna averages 0.32 PPM and canned tuna averages 0.17 PPM. Tuna steaks and canned albacore tuna generally contain higher levels of mercury than canned light tuna. On the other hand, the Environmental Working Group suggests that pregnant mothers avoid eating tuna steak altogether, and eat canned tuna no more often than once a month.

jenny1o1
by on Aug. 19, 2011 at 9:41 PM

what she said.

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