Good News About Formula
It seems they come out with a new benefits of breastfeeding story as soon as your baby starts crying from hunger. We get it; breast is best. If you can do it, and plenty of mothers just can’t. That’s why we’re especially happy hear good news about formula and the babies that drink it. New research from the University of Kansas found that babies who used formula enriched with high levels of DHA from birth to 12 months scored higher on intelligence tests as toddlers than babies who had lower levels of DHA in their formula. DHA is a fatty acid important for brain and eye development.
Researchers fed 81 babies one of four different kinds of formula with varying levels of DHA. Babies were tested every six months once they were six months old. At 18 months there was no significant change but by the time children reached age 3, researchers were able to see a noticeable difference. Researchers scored them using standard intelligence and cognition tests and found that those children performed very well on pattern and rule learning tests. Infants often get the chemical while still in mommy’s tummy and through breastmilk but after age 2, their diets are often deficient. DHA is found naturally in fish; because American diets don’t typically include much meat, many children are deficient in the nutrient.
Though the study was done with a small sample of babies, there’s reason to believe that DHA-enriched formula will be great for your baby’s brain. Do you use formula?