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Do babies get DHA from breast milk?

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Dr. Bert Mandelbaum
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Breast milk is the gold standard for infant nutrition.
Dha and ara started to be added to infant formulas because researchers realized that they were a component of breast milk. This is just one more reason why breast milk is the ideal nutrition for your baby.

In brief: Yes

Breast milk is the gold standard for infant nutrition.
Dha and ara started to be added to infant formulas because researchers realized that they were a component of breast milk. This is just one more reason why breast milk is the ideal nutrition for your baby.
Dr. Bert Mandelbaum
Dr. Bert Mandelbaum
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

So many important health benefits from breastfeeding, and breastmilk adjusts for the age of that particular baby.
Although formula manufacturers have added dha in an attempt to mimic breastmilk, studies on the benefits of supplementation are still somewhat controversial. Breastfeeding is one of the best things you can do for your baby, and for yourself -- seek help if you are having trouble.

In brief: Yes

So many important health benefits from breastfeeding, and breastmilk adjusts for the age of that particular baby.
Although formula manufacturers have added dha in an attempt to mimic breastmilk, studies on the benefits of supplementation are still somewhat controversial. Breastfeeding is one of the best things you can do for your baby, and for yourself -- seek help if you are having trouble.
Dr. Victoria Acharya
Dr. Victoria Acharya
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
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In brief: Yes

Dha is a nutrient in breastmilk, so formula manufacturers have added dha to formula to make it more similar to breastmilk.

In brief: Yes

Dha is a nutrient in breastmilk, so formula manufacturers have added dha to formula to make it more similar to breastmilk.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Kristen Stuppy
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

Dha is found in breast milk, but the amount varies based on mom's diet.
A diet rich in fish, nuts (which no longer need to be avoided to prevent food allergies in babies), flax seed, or supplements helps increase the amount of dha in the milk.

In brief: Yes

Dha is found in breast milk, but the amount varies based on mom's diet.
A diet rich in fish, nuts (which no longer need to be avoided to prevent food allergies in babies), flax seed, or supplements helps increase the amount of dha in the milk.
Dr. Kristen Stuppy
Dr. Kristen Stuppy
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

Yes they do although research has demonstrated that the amount may differ depending upon mom 's diet.

In brief: Yes

Yes they do although research has demonstrated that the amount may differ depending upon mom 's diet.
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Paul Trani
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

In fact, babies only get dha from breast milk.
Dha is docosahexaenoic acid. There are formulas that contain docosahexaenoic acid single-cell oil (dhasco), which is similar, but not exact in composition to dha. Both work similarly to stimulate development of the brain and retina in infants, though concentrations of true dha in the breast milk of pregnant women who eat fish regularly are quite high.

In brief: Yes

In fact, babies only get dha from breast milk.
Dha is docosahexaenoic acid. There are formulas that contain docosahexaenoic acid single-cell oil (dhasco), which is similar, but not exact in composition to dha. Both work similarly to stimulate development of the brain and retina in infants, though concentrations of true dha in the breast milk of pregnant women who eat fish regularly are quite high.
Dr. Paul Trani
Dr. Paul Trani
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Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

Of course! that's why the formula companies were all in a hurry to add dha and other fatty acids to formula.
Dha is an omega-3 fatty acid which plays a role in neural development. Mom's diet can effect the amount of dha in her milk. Good sources of dha are fish, shellfish, flax, walnuts, soybeans and tofu. Always check with your doctor before taking supplements, however.

In brief: Yes

Of course! that's why the formula companies were all in a hurry to add dha and other fatty acids to formula.
Dha is an omega-3 fatty acid which plays a role in neural development. Mom's diet can effect the amount of dha in her milk. Good sources of dha are fish, shellfish, flax, walnuts, soybeans and tofu. Always check with your doctor before taking supplements, however.
Dr. Pamela Lindor
Dr. Pamela Lindor
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Dr. Nanette Nuessle
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

Dha (omega-3 fatty acids) is one of the many components of breastmilk.
Mothers with more dha in their diets will have more dha in their breastmilk. Nursing mothers are encouraged to eat a diet rich in natural sources of dha, such as nuts and certain fish. You should also stay on your prenatal vitamins while you are nursing. You do not need to supplement your breastmilk with dha.

In brief: Yes

Dha (omega-3 fatty acids) is one of the many components of breastmilk.
Mothers with more dha in their diets will have more dha in their breastmilk. Nursing mothers are encouraged to eat a diet rich in natural sources of dha, such as nuts and certain fish. You should also stay on your prenatal vitamins while you are nursing. You do not need to supplement your breastmilk with dha.
Dr. Nanette Nuessle
Dr. Nanette Nuessle
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