DHA Score Breast Milk Test
Are you getting enough DHA for your baby?
The DHA Score™ is a diagnostic test that measures the amount of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an omega-3 fatty acid required for infant cognitive and retinal development, in the breast milk.
The DHA Score™ is used by breastfeeding women to confirm whether their DHA levels are adequate to ensure they are providing their infant with optimal nutrition for brain function and eye health.
Clinical trials have shown that when the amount of DHA in a sample of breast milk is greater than or equal to 0.35%, the baby's Mental Development Index (MDI) and Psychomotor Development Index (PDI) improve. Unfortunately, most North American breast milk falls well below this target of 0.35%, being 0.15% on average.
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Birch et al, 2000. A Randomized Controlled Trial of Early Dietary Supply of Long-Chain Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids and Mental Development in Term Infants. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology; 42: 174-181.
Jensen et al, 2005. Effects of Maternal Docosahexaenoic Acid Intake on Visual Function and Neurodevelopment in Breastfed Term Infants. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition; 82: 125-132.