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I'm breastfeeding and my daughter is allergic to seafood. Is it ok for me to eat seafood?

I'm breastfeeding and my daughter is allergic to seafood. Is it ok for me to eat seafood?

Breast milk &allergy: If the baby is definitely allergic to the seafood you wish to eat (meaning positive skin test and challenge, or recurrent reactions), I would advise that you not eat it . Allergens can be transmitted in milk. If the baby is allergic to shrimp (example), but not to other shellfish or fish, not all fish need to be avoided by mom, only the ones baby clearly has a clinical reaction to .

Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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I plan to breastfeed for few more weeks till my child turns one but ate some fish that might be high in mercury. Should i stop breastfeeding now?

I plan to breastfeed for few more weeks till my child turns one but ate some fish that might be high in mercury. Should i stop breastfeeding now?

It depends.: Breast feeding your child until the 1st birthday is in general good. If i were you, i would call your state health department and ask this question. If the mercury level in fish is very high potentially to cause long term organ damage, then you should stop eating fish whether breast feeding or not.

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Is it safe to take fish oil pills while breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take fish oil pills while breastfeeding?

Yes: Fish oil pills are usually gelatin capsules full of omega-3 fish oils, with some other fish oils mixed in. They are free of mercury and other toxins if they are properly purified by the manufacturer, so it is important to choose a trustworthy brand. If taken at the normally recommended doses by a breastfeeding mom, the fish oil should not cause any problems with the breastmilk.

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Is fish oil safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

Is fish oil safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

Yes: Fish oil is safe and healthy for pregnant women and developing fetuses. The only concern is the possibility of contamination by elements like mercury. For that reason, pregnant women should use highly purified fish oil supplements. Many prenatal vitamins now include dha and epa, purified components of fish oil that are healthy for nervous system development.

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My wife was stung by a jelly fish. Can my wife still breast feed our baby after being stung?

My wife was stung by a jelly fish.  Can my wife still breast feed our baby after being stung?

Yes: She can neutralize the jelly fish sting by using plain meat tenderizer (adolph's is a good one) & get quick relief. The superficial protein based toxin will not make into the breast milk.

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Is it safe to take fish oil omega-3 if breastfeeding a two year old? If so, what is the recommended dose?

Is it safe to take fish oil omega-3 if breastfeeding a two year old? If so, what is the recommended dose?

Yes, safe: Doses differ with different OTC preparation, read the labels and follow instructions

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5mths postpartum, exclusively breastfeeding, is it safe to take vitamin supplements such as Vitamin E and Fish Oil?

5mths postpartum, exclusively breastfeeding, is it safe to take vitamin supplements such as Vitamin E and Fish Oil?

Fish oil ok; ? Vit E: Nutrition requirements for breast-feeding mothers are similar to those during pregnancy. Special attention to intake of protein, calcium, iron and vitamin C is advised. Fish oil supplements are likely safer than eater fish because of toxins found in some fish, but too much could increase risk of bleeding. Evidence about the safety of higher doses of vitamin E is inconclusive, so not recommended.

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4 mo boy exclusive breastfeeding. Has rashes on face every time when mom eats prawns or shell seafood. Allergy? Coincidence?

4 mo boy exclusive breastfeeding. Has rashes on face every time when mom eats prawns or shell seafood. Allergy? Coincidence?

No: Since breast milk does deliver some food allergens consumed by the mother, it is not a coincidence if this happens every time you ate shellfish. I would suggest that you avoid shellfish or discontinue breastfeeding. At age 4 months, it is also time to introduce table foods (no shellfish) to the child's diet since this may actually reduce the risk of developing yet more food allergies.

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My breast feeding 3 1/2 mo baby has rashes on his face at times. Is it possible that's because i eat shell seafood?

My breast feeding 3 1/2 mo  baby has rashes on his face at times. Is it possible that's because i eat shell seafood?

Seborrhea: Seborrheic dermatitis is frequent in babies. It is usually caused by allergies. It usually resolves spontaneously only to recur after a few weeks. If it is itchy, topical steroid will clear it

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Can I eat nuts while breastfeeding?

Can I eat nuts while breastfeeding?

No: You can literally eat or drink anything (except alcohol) without concerns. Breast feeding moms have no restrictions on diet.

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What is important for me to eat while breastfeeding?

What is important for me to eat while breastfeeding?

A good diet: We know that that what you eat flavors the milk your baby gets and helps the baby get used to the foods the family eats. You don't need a special diet to breastfeed, but it's always important to take care of yourself, set a good example and eat well.

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Which are the best foods for moms to eat while breastfeeding?

Which are the best foods for moms to eat while breastfeeding?

Good, balanced diet: All over the world, women breastfeed their babies just fine. These women have very different diets from one another, yet as long as they eat balanced diets with a good variety of foods, they should do well with their breastfeeding. A breastfeeding mom may choose to avoid a food that she suspects is causing a change in a baby's behavior, and should discuss this with the doctor.

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Can I eat sushi while breastfeeding?

Yes: Sushi can be wonderful, healthful food during nursing. 3 health risks to know about 1) mercury. Some large fish, such as bluefin tuna can have high levels of mercury. You may want to minimize these choices. 2) parasites. Very rare in us. (<40 cases per year, mostly raw salmon or mackerel). Freezing, smoking, vinegar drops risk. 3) pufferfish. Fugu has potent poison if not prepared right. Why risk?

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What should I eat while breastfeeding twins?

What should I eat while breastfeeding twins?

Healthy foods: You need the same balanced diet with lots of fluids and milk if tolerated but will need to eat more calories than for a single baby. Want to avoid refined sugars, fatty or fied foods, but lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, complex carbohydrates, especially grains, and sources of protein - dairy, meat, fish, fowl. Avoid spicy foods and condiments.

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Is it safe to eat ceviche while breastfeeding?

Is it safe to eat ceviche while breastfeeding?

Should be ok, but...: Ceviche from a reputable place should be safe to eat while breast-feeding, with the caveat that it may be a good idea to avoid certain fish such as white tuna, which may be high in mercury. Enjoy!

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Can i eat orange and melon while breastfeeding?

Yes: Of Courseyou can have fruits while breastfeeding . Actually you should eat a well balanced diet .

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How much protein should I eat while breastfeeding?

How much protein should I eat while breastfeeding?

60 g: During pregnancy and breastfeeding, we need 60 grams (gm) of protein a day. This is 15-20 gm more than usual. This "extra" is the equivalent of one egg, 1/4 cup of cheese, or one glass of milk. It is also important to maintain a well balanced diet and to stay on your prenatal vitamins.

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