I read some different positions on the internet - does anyone have proper sources, and how did you handle it?

  • Do not offer fish until the age of 1 year. It has too much protein
  • Do not offer fish until the age of 2. freshwater fish may be ok, but saltwater fish has very high concentrations of heavy metals.
  • ... and many more conflicting information all over the internets.

See also this question on raw fish.

asked 23 Apr '10, 12:54

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We were told by our Public Health Nurse and Family Dr. that our daughter can eat the same types of fish as I was able to eat during my pregnancy (i.e. low mercury fish) around the same time she started to eat other meats. The key is to make sure that there are no bones. If I’m remembering correctly our daughter started eating canned albacore tuna (flaked light in water) around 7 months. At 19 months she loves fish and has eaten most white fishes (Haddock, Halibut, Tilapia, Cod) and Salmon.

Kate provided this reference from the Alberta health unit, which lists fish as a good first protein.

Here’s a similar booklet provided to me from the Ontario Health Unit with similar recommendations. Both sources talk about the importance of protein and iron and list fish as providing good sources of both.

Here are also some responses to a similar question that you might also find useful http://moms4mom.com/questions/4388/is-it-bad-to-eat-too-much-fish


answered 23 Apr '10, 13:26

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+1 I had read similar advice and introduced salmon to our baby shortly after he turned 6 months old.

(23 Apr '10, 13:42) cat_g

great, thanks for the info. I knew I had to be sceptical with these infos I found...

(23 Apr '10, 18:04) brandstaetter

The NZ Ministry of Health guidelines see here give a similar answer pureed fish from 6 months (at the same time as meat) and seafood from 8 months. They do comment on tinned fish being high in salt in some cases and not to give it as first foods.

This document forms the basis of the advice given to NZ parents and is based on research of various articles.


answered 23 Apr '10, 19:42

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