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Which fish can I feed my 7 month old?

What fish can I feed my 7 month old? Is tin fish ok and which one is best?

Leann...
Answer: Hi There, yes fish is fine from about around this time onwards. There are a couple of things to keep in mind when choosing which fish to offer. Firstly, larger fish which eat smaller fish tend to be higher in mercury and so should be eaten less often, for example only once very 2 weeks. this includes shark (flake) which is commonly used in processed fish foods and takeaways. For more on mercury and fish see: http://www.americanpregnancy.org/pregnancyhealth/sushimercury.htm Healthier fish include the oily fish such as salmon, providing more fish oils, which we know are great for health. So tinned salmon is a great way to start off with fish, it`s safely cooked, the bones are easily mashed and a great source of calcium. I have included a list by Choice on fish which have good levels of fish oils:

Which fish have the most EPA and DHA?

Choice (2005) reviewed a number of fish for their fish oil levels and found that white fish (which is the most common type you find commercially) have very little fish oils. Fish that provide a minimum of 500mg of EPA and DHA per 150g serve include:
  • Atlantic salmon
  • Bonito (also recently shown to be useful in high blood pressure)
  • Gemfish
  • Mackerel
  • Mullet
  • Oreo dory
  • Sardines
  • Swordfish
  • Trevally
  • Even tinned fish such as mackerel, pink and red salmon and sardines (although not tuna) can be good options, all providing reasonable amounts of omega-3s.
So I hope that is a good guide for you. Introduce carefully and check for reactions. All the best, Leanne
Answered: 29 Jun 2009