DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid vital for infant development, and your body’s primary source of DHA is your diet. You acquire this important fat through eating foods like fatty fish, liver, and algae. Because the American diet consists mostly of red meats, eggs, poultry, and other protein sources low in DHA, the DHA levels in American women often fall below the optimal range.1
The DHA levels in your breast milk indicate the amount of DHA your baby receives. Your baby needs enough DHA to develop in a number of areas including their eyes, nervous and immune system, and cognitive abilities.2 Because the brain’s growth plays a major role in the early years of your baby’s development, they require a consistent, optimal intake of DHA for up to two years after they’re born.