breastfeeding and raw food

is it okay to consume raw food while breastfeeding? e.g. sashimi

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Yes! If you like the taste of raw food such as sashimi then go for it! Unlike pregnancy, where bacteria or parasites from raw food can put your growing fetus in danger, there is no such risk during breastfeeding. However, whether its cooked or raw, you'll need to choose your fish or other raw food item carefully. Avoid fishes with high levels of mercury. These include: frozen tuna, striped bass, bluefish, Chilean sea bass, golden snapper, marlin, orange roughy, amberjack, and Crevalle jack. Instead, you can opt for salmon, trout, anchovies, herring, sardines, and shad per week. These will give you enough Omega-3 to be passed on to your baby through breastmilk; and contain minimal levels of mercury.

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Yes, eating sushi from a reputable restaurant while you're breastfeeding is safe for your baby. Unlike during pregnancy, when there's a risk of bacteria or parasites in raw fish harming your fetus, there is little to no risk to your baby during breastfeeding. Whether cooked or raw, though, it's best to avoid eating fish with high levels of mercury, which can damage your baby's nervous system. The fish to avoid are shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish. And limit your intake of white or albacore tuna to no more than 6 ounces per week.

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Hi! Well, to consume raw foods by nursing mother does not pose a problem for the baby. There is a very rare possibility for the the mother to suffer from food poisoning, but it would definitely not affect the breastfeeding. In fact, eating raw food can actually provide nutritional values to the baby. So, no need to worry while eating raw food :)

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No issue. Raw food will only affect fetus when it is still in the womb for fear of risk of bacterial infection passing to it via placenta.

Yes this is fine - it's pregnancy you have to warey of. Go enjoy! 😁

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Breastfeeding is fine. I heard sashimi is a milk booster!

Yes it's fine as long as you don't have allergies.

Super Mum

Moderation should be acceptable

Yes. In moderation

Super Mum

Yup. In moderation