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Hi all. Well I am trying to avoid seafood while breastfeeding, but is it ok to have occasionally? My husband and his family want to have some shrimp, scallops and I think salmon tonight. I think I will stay away from the salmon, but are the shrimp and scallops considered very low in mercury? My daughter is only a few days old so I want to be careful what I eat.. I appreciate any suggestions. Thanks!<br><br>
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There are lists you can get that show the murcury levels in different seafood. I dunno where i found them but i am sure you can google it. I eat seafood maybe once a week,if that, so i dont worry about it.
 

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Just avoid deep sea fish like shark, mackeral, swordfish. And avoid anything farmed. Farmed fish have a greater incident of disease and are less nutritous. Always look for wild caught, stores are required by law to label. Salmon is actually very good for you, but like I said, avoid farm raised - if you need more proof, it's dyed. Look right on the tag to see.<br><br>
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Here is a mercury counter I used during pregnancy:<a href="http://www.gotmercury.org/article.php?list=type&type=75" target="_blank">http://www.gotmercury.org/article.php?list=type&type=75</a>
 

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OF COURSE seafood is ok!! It's nice you're so concerned, but avoid high-mercury foods and you'll be ok. Even a small glass of wine with that seafood isn't the end of the world.<br><br>
Everything in moderation, you know? Seafood, especially salmon with high omega 3s are great for you! Other good choices: white fish like cod and haddock or tilapia, and lots more... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Yes! If seafood wasn't okay, how would the Japanese or Peruvian or Southeast Asian populations ever survive?<br><br>
Seriously. Everything in moderation.
 
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