DHA: Formula decoded

  • DHA passes from mom to baby during pregnancy.
  • DHA is a fatty acid that support brain and eye development.
  • DHA can be found in breastmilk and are added to some infant formulas.

About 60% of your baby’s brain is made of fat. One of the fatty acids that play an important role in supporting both your baby’s brain and eye development is DHA (docosahexaenoic acid).

Sources of DHA 

  • Moms pass DHA to her baby through the placenta during the third trimester.
  • Breastmilk is another source of DHA, which is one more reason breastfeeding moms should eat a healthy diet that includes a wide variety of foods like fish (avoiding those known to be high in mercury). 
  • Most routine infant formulas and some infant cereals and baby food are formulated with DHA, in varying levels.

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