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DHA: Your thoughts?

When I first started making Baby K homemade baby food, I scoured the baby food grocery aisle in search of ideas for recipes. Baby food can’t be that hard to “knock-off”, I thought, as most of the products had only a few main ingredients.
I noticed, and I’m sure you have too, that several brands have DHA fortified product lines. So I wondered, like any concerned parent, if by making my own baby food, I was denying baby of “support in brain and eye development”. Currently, The American Academy of Pediatrics does not have a statement concerning DHA additives due to insufficient data and evidence. DHA occurs naturally in algae, fatty fish such as salmon and halibut, organ meat, fish oil, and small amounts in poultry and egg yolks.

I consulted pediatrician Lara Zibners, MD, who is board-certified in both pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine. Dr. Zibners is also the author of forthcoming parenting book “If Your Kid Eats This Book, Everything Will Still Be Okay: How To Know If Your Child’s Illness or Injury is Really an Emergency.” (Hatchette Book Group, June 17, 2009). Here is her advice regarding DHA-fortified foods:

Fatty acids are important for an infant’s brain development. That we know. And we also know that breast milk is a great source of DHA and similar fatty chains, which is one of the many reasons that pediatricians almost universally recommend breastfeeding whenever possible. But science has failed to convince us that a healthy child who is receiving an age-appropriate diet benefits from fatty acid supplementation in a meaningful way. Not having served DHA-fortified strained peas is not the reason Johnny failed his long division test. Keep the cash and save it for a math tutor. – Lara Zibners, MD

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Age Guidelines?

I’ve received a few emails suggesting that I include age recommendations with the baby food recipes on this site. While I will definitely consider making this designation on the new site (coming soon), I think this is a guideline best left to baby’s doctor. Our pediatrician has a handout at every well baby visit that outlines which types of foods to try now, and which ones to hold off on. If you have any questions, please consider giving your baby’s doctor a call and asking about the current recommendations. Meanwhile, thanks for your emails and comments – keep them coming!

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