- DHA & ARA FATTY ACID
Best supplement if you must use formula
Recently, manufacturers have begun adding DHA and ARA to their infant formula. Some studies have indicated that addition of DHA and ARA to formula provides an advantage of 6-7 IQ points over normal formula, nearly as much as the IQ point advantage of breast fed babies.
However, the DHA and ARA added to infant formulas are chemically extracted from certain species of algae and mold using solvents, and are not identical to the DHA and ARA found in breast milk. There have also been reports that the DHA and ARA supplemented formula causes diarrhea in some children. In our daughter, it seemed to cause softer and messier stool, though it wasn’t quite diarrhea.
Baby’s only DHA and ARA is extracted from egg yolks using a water based process, and thus may avoid some small risk associated with the solvent extracted versions. It’s mixed into formula that isn’t fortified with DHA and ARA or into other foods. We use it with Baby’s Only toddler formula, and it does not cause messy stool with our daughter.
Breast feeding is still better than any formula, of course – it has other advantages, such as a protective effect against infections that the formula makers haven’t figured out yet. However, if you must formula feed for some reason – for us, my wife’s pumping at work didn’t keep up with the baby’s demand, and eventually we also had to stop breast feeding to try to start a second baby – mixing Baby’s Only DHA and ARA supplement into a nonsupplemented formula is probably the next best thing.
Easy to Use/Easily Tolerated
My little monkey loves this stuff!
Best Omega product for babies and kids!
My little one does not like it
I still give it 4 stars because it is a great product.