Why do mothers need DHA omega-3 while breastfeeding?

Why do mothers need DHA omega-3 while breastfeeding?





Why do mothers need DHA omega-3 while breastfeeding?


Highlights


1) DHA is important for the development of the child's brain and eyes.
2) When the breastfeeding does not contain enough DHA, it is necessary to supplement it. 
3) Omega-3 extracted from algae is an environmentally friendly and plantbased source.



The first months are essential for the growth and development of the baby.

DHA is necessary for the growth of your baby's brain and retina, both during pregnancy and in the first years after birth. 

For proper development of the fetus, DHA is provided through the mother's placenta during pregnancy. After birth, babies receive DHA through breast milk, bottle formula enriched with DHA or DHA supplementation (fish oil or algae oil). 


Sufficient intake of DHA in the first years of your child's life can have positive results in your child's long-term development. 

How do babies get DHA?

For infants who are only breastfed, it is important that the mother's omega-3 values are sufficient, because the baby is receiving the mother's DHA. Therefore, the mother should take sufficient omega-3 during breastfeeding. Advice is 450 mg per day.

Despite the importance of omega-3, women of this fertile age do not consume enough omega-3 fatty acids through diet. In this case supplementation is recommended.


For infants who are bottle-fed: Based on the findings of the latest scientific research, the EU has decided that all baby formula up to one year old should contain the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which is obtained from fatty fish and algae. 



References

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  6. EU 2016 / 127


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