March 6, 2014 • Posted by Brea Buffaloe
Answer: Absolutely! Many parents focus solely on the basics such as cereal, vegetables and fruit. However, your baby may be missing out on all of the brain-boosting nutrients found in seafood. Provided your baby has no history of allergies, fish can be introduced at six months of age.
What are the benefits of feeding fish to my baby?
Fish contains DHA, a very healthy source of omega-3 fatty acid. DHA helps to improve brain development, focus, vision, mood, the immune system as well as prevent eczema according to Parenting.com.
How should I feed fish to my baby?
Avoid fish that contain high levels of mercury such as swordfish and shark. According to the FDA, women and young children should only eat about 12 ounces of low mercury fish per week. Fish such as flounder and salmon are better to start off with. Parenting.com recommends about two ounces of salmon per week for babies just starting on solid foods and about 6-7 ounces per week for babies off formula or breast milk. Make sure you thoroughly cook the fish and debone it. If you make your own baby food, feel free to throw it in the Baby Food Maker and Bottle Warmer, otherwise, baking, steaming or poaching are all good ways to make the fish soft enough to be baby-friendly. If you have a picky eater on your hands, mixing in your baby’s favorite fruits or veggies can help.
Simple Salmon Recipe via Weelicious
1/4 pound salmon, or other fish of your choice
1. Place the salmon in a steamer pot over boiling water.
2. Steam for 5 minutes or until fish is cooked through and flakey.
3. Cool, break into bite size pieces (removing any small bones) and serve.