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> INFANT CORNER: DHA
INFANT CORNER: DHAby Dave Foreman
A critical nutrient for your babyís development
DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) is one of the more important essential fatty acids (EFAs) with regards to your baby’s development. DHA plays a huge role in infants’ visual function/development and neural (nervous system) development. Recently, formula companies have been adding DHA to their mixes due to the realization that DHA is found in high concentrations in a mother’s breast milk. I always recommend that a nursing mother take an Omega-3 supplement that contains DHA to help support her own blood levels as well as the amounts contained in her breast milk. For those of you who chose not to nurse your child, it is imperative that you add a DHA supplement to your child’s supplement program (even if it is already included in the formula).
Which DHA supplement should I use?
There are numerous liquid DHA products available at your local Vitamin Shoppe. I understand that liquid oil sounds gross, but they actually taste pretty good. Compared to the nasty taste of old-fashioned formulas, this is a huge step up. For mothers who are nursing, it still isn’t a bad idea to supplement your infant’s diet with extra DHA. Perhaps using half the dose recommended on the label would be a great start. I always comment that I am the dumbest one at the dinner table at my house. Why? My children were breastfed by a mother who used appropriate amounts of Omega-3s from fish oil during her pregnancy and nursing periods. Yes, there have been reports that DHA supplementation can increase the I.Q. of your child.