Should you give babies DHA?
While infants can make DHA from other (“essential”) fatty acids in their diet, including fatty acids in infant formulas, some studies suggest that some infants, in particular premature infants, may benefit from DHA supplementation. Other studies observe no benefit.
Can DHA harm baby?
If you don’t take a DHA supplement or consume food with DHA, you might be wondering if a deficiency can harm your growing baby. Although the research is limited, it’s suggested that an inadequate DHA in gestation may compromise fetal development, but not as much is known about the long-term consequences.
Why is DHA bad for babies?
Other studies suggest no benefit. It is known that long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (DHA in particular) accumulate in brain and eye of the fetus, especially during the last trimester of pregnancy. These fatty acids are also found in the fat of human breast milk.
Do babies need DHA in formula?
In cases where an infant formula is needed to supplement or replace breast milk, experts recommend using an infant formula which contains between 0.2% and 0.5% of total fatty acids as DHA, and at least as much ARA as DHA (Koletzko, 2008).
What does DHA do for babies?
Clinical studies have demonstrated that DHA helps support certain learning outcomes, visual acuity, and overall brain development in babies. DHA is found in breast milk and is important both in utero and after birth, which are reasons why this nutrient can also be found in prenatal supplements and some baby formulas.
When should I stop taking DHA during pregnancy?
I generally recommend stopping fish oil supplements temporarily sometime between 36-38 weeks until after you give birth.
Can a pregnant woman take too much DHA?
You do not need to take more than 1000mg of DHA plus EPA per day. The research shows that taking more than 1000mg per day will not give you or your baby any extra benefit.
What are the side effects of DHA?
Taking DHA in the form of fish oil may cause certain side effects, such as bad breath, heartburn, and nausea. It is also a blood thinner. It’s important to keep in mind that many supplements haven’t been tested for safety and dietary supplements are largely unregulated.
How much DHA should a baby get?
What are the Recommendations for Children? Evelyn Tribole, RD, author of The Ultimate Omega-3 Diet, cites international guidelines suggesting that children 2–3 years old get 433 mg of DHA/EPA, with a minimum of 145mg of DHA. 4-6 years old get 600mg of DHA/EPA, with a minimum of 200mg of DHA.