Is it important to consume DHA only (eg., 300 mg/day) during pregnancy and lactation or should one consume DHA+EPA?
The European Union provided support to PeriLip (Perinatal Lipid Metabolism) who recommended (in 2007) a minimal intake of 200 mg of DHA/day during pregnancy and lactation. In 1999, a recommended intake of 300 mg/day came from the workshop held at the NIH in Bethesda. While no specific recommendations for EPA intakes during pregnancy and lactation came from these two groups, it is noteworthy that various governmental health agencies recommend appropriate intakes of fish (amounts and types) for women during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. All fish contain DHA+EPA with a predominance of the former in the average fish as generally consumed in North America and globally.