Navigation Links
Supplementing babies' formula with DHA boosts cognitive development
Date:9/14/2009

Research has shown that children who were breast fed as infants have superior cognitive skills compared to those fed infant formula, and it's thought that this is due to an essential fatty acid in breast milk called docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Now a new study has found that babies fed formula supplemented with DHA have higher cognitive skills than babies fed regular formula.

The study, which used a more sensitive test of the babies' cognitive abilities and higher concentrations of DHA than previous research, was carried out by researchers at the Retina Foundation of the Southwest and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. It appears in the September/October 2009 issue of the journal Child Development.

The researchers studied 229 infants, who received either formula supplemented with DHA or traditional infant formula. The babies were given the different formulas either shortly after birth, after 6 weeks of breastfeeding, or after 4 to 6 months of breastfeeding. When they were 9 months old, they were given a problem-solving test in which they had to complete a sequence of steps to get a rattle.

Babies who were fed formula supplemented with DHA were more likely to get the rattle and showed more intentional behaviors that allowed them to get the rattle.

"Currently, there is no clear consensus on whether infant formula should be supplemented with DHA," notes lead author James R. Drover, a former postdoctoral fellow at the Retina Foundation of the Southwest who is now assistant professor of psychology at Memorial University in Canada.

"However, our results clearly suggest that feeding infants formula supplemented with high concentrations of DHA provides beneficial effects on cognitive development. Furthermore, because infants who display superior performance on the means-end problem-solving task tend to have superior IQ and vocabulary later in childhood, it's possible that the beneficial effects of DHA extend well beyond infancy."


'/>"/>

Contact: Sarah Hutcheon
shutcheon@srcd.org
202-289-7905
Society for Research in Child Development
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. If you want more babies, find a man with a deep voice
2. Evidence of a relationship between swimming babies and infections
3. Scientists find predisposition to bronchiolitis in some babies
4. Breathless babies: Preemies lung function shows prolonged impairment
5. Bacterial infections in premature babies more common than previously realized
6. Fewer babies born after Caesarean delivery
7. Exercise during pregnancy leads to a healthier heart in moms- and babies-to-be
8. Too much or too little weight gain poses risks to pregnant mothers, babies
9. Embryo biopsy does not affect early growth and risk of congenital malformations in PGD/PGS babies
10. Codeine not safe for all breastfeeding moms and their babies
11. Virus weaves itself into the DNA transferred from parents to babies
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/9/2017)... Australia , March 9, 2017 ... the prestigious World Lung Imaging Workshop at the University ... , was invited to deliver the latest data to ... globally recognised event brings together leaders at the forefront ... developments in lung imaging. "The quality ...
(Date:3/6/2017)... Calif. , March 6, 2017 ... and sales technology, today announced Predictive Sales Coach ... for infusing actionable sales intelligence into Salesforce. This ... automatically enable their sales organizations with deep knowledge ... that allow for intelligent engagement. Predictive Sales Coach ...
(Date:3/2/2017)... 2, 2017 Australian stem cell and regenerative ... has signed an agreement with the Monash Lung Biology ... Discovery Institute and Department of Pharmacology at Monash University, ... preclinical study to support the use of Cymerus™ mesenchymal ... Asthma is a chronic, long term lung ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:3/29/2017)... ... March 29, 2017 , ... Cancer ... exhibiting in booth 513 at the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) 43rd ... 29-31. , CANCERSCAPE unites key stakeholders from leading national organizations to share ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... COLUMBIA, MO , March 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ - ... and its partners Nordion, a business of Sterigenics International, ... Request (LAR) has been submitted to the U.S. Nuclear ... implementing domestic U.S. production of molybdenum-99 (Mo-99). Once operational, ... nearly half of U.S. demand for Mo-99, which currently ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... ... March 28, 2017 , ... ... Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest general scientific ... enhance its high-impact scholarly collection across its cross-platform reference management system. , ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) , ... March 28, 2017 ... ... Johnston, spoke at a Marketing Roundtable on March 22 in Philadelphia. The event ... WHYY. , The Marketing Roundtable featured breakout groups and interaction ...
Breaking Biology Technology: