#Seafood123: Helping Baby Sleep - Dish on Fish
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#Seafood123: Helping Baby Sleep

Eating the recommended 2-3 servings of seafood each week is beneficial for both mother and baby. Seafood, like salmon and tuna, is a premier source of essential omega-3 fatty acids, including docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which enter breastmilk. That means when breastfeeding moms regularly consume DHA-rich food like seafood, babies get the benefit of getting DHA, too. Not only is DHA important for baby’s growing brain and eyes, but also it turns out DHA may help with shut-eye, too. In fact, one study found that babies of breastfeeding mothers who had higher DHA blood levels during pregnancy experienced significantly quieter and less-active sleep than those of babies born to mothers with lower DHA blood levels. In other words, healthy levels of omega-3s may help baby sleep better! Another way for baby to get a dose of DHA? Offer age-appropriate bite-sized pieces of fish to baby. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), there is no scientific evidence for delaying the introduction of seafood. Unless you have a family history of food allergies, you can offer soft, bite-sized pieces of cooked salmon, cod or canned tuna to babies who are already eating and tolerating solid foods (after the age of 4-6 months of age). Here are some delicious and healthy seafood recipes sure to satisfy!

#Seafood123 Helping Baby Sleep

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