Formula advocates have new evidence to support their beliefs. A new study in the journal of Child Development finds that infants receiving formula fortified with DHA have higher IQs and vocabulary development later in childhood than those who don't. DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid that appears naturally in breast milk, is thought to speed the brain's processing abilities.
The researchers behind the study took more than 200 9-month-old babies who had all been on formula for various amounts of time through a number of exercises involving blankets and rattles. The wee ones who received formula fortified with DHA scored significantly higher than those drinking unfortified versions of the formula. According to the study, those who received the DHA-enhanced formula from birth scored better than those that were weaned off of breast milk at 6-weeks-old.
Doctors and breastfeeding advocates fear that the new study does not address the additional benefits of breast milk and may sway new mamas to forgo nursing in favor of these fortified formulas. Do you believe this latest study and the hype behind it?