How can I ensure that my baby gets enough DHA & ARA?
DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and ARA (arachidonic acid) are fats that support brain and eye development. DHA & ARA were passed to your baby during pregnancy and also are found in breastmilk.
Most babies in the United States don’t get enough DHA, and some experts say your baby’s DHA consumption should increase proportionately to his body weight. Unfortunately, the amount of DHA that your baby consumes will likely decline as solid foods begin to replace some of the breastmilk or formula in his diet. Complementary sources of DHA, such as infant cereals or purees with DHA, are good ways to help ensure that your baby gets this important nutrient.
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