“As a pediatrician, I recommend breast milk as the best source of nutrition for infants, but many mothers cannot, or choose not to, breastfeed,” says Loraine Stern, M.D., a practicing pediatrician and clinical professor of pediatrics at UCLA. “For those mothers, I recommend infant formulas with the highest levels of DHA and ARA to support optimal brain and eye development."
According to a new study published in the latest issue of the Journal of Pediatrics, infant formula containing DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and ARA (arachidonic acid), two essential fatty acids also found in breast milk, helped to improve the mental and visual development of infants. Formulas supplemented with DHA and ARA have been available in the
for two years, but they have been fed to babies in 65 countries for more than a decade.