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How much fish can I eat if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?

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The FDA recommends that breastfeeding women, women who are pregnant, and women who might get pregnant limit how much salmon they eat. The guidelines recommend an average of 12 ounces -- about two main servings -- per week. The reason is to limit mercury exposure to your baby. The mercury level in salmon is considered low. Some other fish, such as swordfish or mackerel, have a lot of mercury and should be avoided altogether.

SOURCES:

Melinda Johnson, MS, RD, national spokeswoman, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, formerly the American Dietetic Association.

La Leche League International: "Cooking up healthy meal plans."

American College of Nurse-Midwives; gotmom.org: "How Do Diet, Medications, and Alcohol Affect Breastfeeding?"

Goldberg, G. Journal of Family Health Care, 2005.

Alabama Cooperative Extension System: "Nutrition for the nursing mother."

University of California, San Francisco Children's Hospital: "Nutrition Tips for Breastfeeding Mothers."

FDA: "What You Need to Know About Mercury in Fish and Shellfish."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Transfer of drugs and other chemicals into human milk."

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on October 25, 2017

SOURCES:

Melinda Johnson, MS, RD, national spokeswoman, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, formerly the American Dietetic Association.

La Leche League International: "Cooking up healthy meal plans."

American College of Nurse-Midwives; gotmom.org: "How Do Diet, Medications, and Alcohol Affect Breastfeeding?"

Goldberg, G. Journal of Family Health Care, 2005.

Alabama Cooperative Extension System: "Nutrition for the nursing mother."

University of California, San Francisco Children's Hospital: "Nutrition Tips for Breastfeeding Mothers."

FDA: "What You Need to Know About Mercury in Fish and Shellfish."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Transfer of drugs and other chemicals into human milk."

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on October 25, 2017

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