Fish oil supplements while breastfeeding?

Tracey - posted on 03/28/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )




Just curious about taking fish oil supplements during breastfeeding.


Lori - posted on 03/28/2013




Omega-3's are good for you and the little one. I'm guessing you're concerned about the mercury content? Read through the info on the links I've provided. And also consider FlaxSeed. It's a vegetarian source of Omega3's.

Taken fro the MayoClinic webpage

"Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Potentially harmful contaminants, such as dioxins, methylmercury, and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), are found in some species of fish and may be harmful in pregnant or nursing women. Methylmercury accumulates in fish meat more than in fish oil, and fish oil supplements appear to contain almost no mercury. Therefore, these safety concerns apply to eating fish but likely not to ingesting fish oil supplements. However, unrefined fish oil preparations may contain pesticides.

It is not known if omega-3 fatty acid supplementation of women during pregnancy or breastfeeding is beneficial to infants. It has been suggested that high intake of omega-3 fatty acids during pregnancy, particularly DHA, may increase birthweight and gestational length. However, higher doses may not be advisable due to the potential risk of bleeding. Fatty acids are added to some infant formulas.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that fish intake be limited in pregnant and nursing women to a single six-ounce meal per week, and in young children to less than two ounces per week.

Women who might become pregnant are advised to eat seven ounces of fish with higher levels of methylmercury or less per week, or up to 14 ounces per week of fish types with about 0.5 parts per million (such as marlin, orange roughy, red snapper, or fresh tuna)."

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