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Omega-3s in Formula Can Help Baby's Eyesight: Review
Date:12/21/2012

structural part of membranes of the cells of central nervous system and retina." These may be particularly important for infant visual development, he noted.

But by no means does this suggest that supplemented infant formula might be better than breast milk, both experts said, or that breast-fed babies would also benefit from omega-3 supplementation.

"Breast milk is high in LCPUFA," Bloch said. "The general goal of formula supplementation is to make it as much like breast milk as possible. . . . Clearly, breast-feeding mothers eating a healthy diet is good for their breast-feeding children."

Nestle noted that omega-3s have only been added since the early 2000s. "Until then, formula-fed infants did not get long-chain omega-3s from supplements," she said. "Somehow, they managed to grow up seeing OK. So it's hard to know how clinically significant this is."

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The American Optometric Association has more about infant vision.

SOURCES: Michael H. Block, M.D., M.S., assistant professor, Yale Child Study Center, New Haven, Conn.; Marion Nestle, Ph.D., M.P.H., Paulette Goddard Professor, department of nutrition, food studies and public health, New York University, New York City, and author, "What to Eat"; January 2013 Pediatrics


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