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Why Breastfeeding Mothers Should Take DHA

Why Breastfeeding Mothers Should Take DHA
By Team Perlmutter
Category: Parenting

It is estimated that in America today more than 6 million of our school-aged children have been given a diagnosis of attention deficit disorder. What’s even more disturbing is the revelation that close to 70% of these children are taking potentially dangerous, mind-altering medications to help them pay attention.

As it turns out, research shows that if mothers take even a low dosage of the omega-3 fatty acid DHA during the first few months of breastfeeding, there is a significant increase in the ability of their children to pay attention when they are examined as they enter school. Research shows that when children receive breast milk from mothers who were taking a single, 200mg capsule of DHA, attention scores were much better when compared to the children of non-supplemented mothers when attention tests were administered at age 5 years. Other studies have clearly confirmed that the level of DHA in breast milk increases as much as 2-fold following mother’s supplementation.

These findings lend further support for the understanding that supplementation of DHA is important not just during pregnancy, but while nursing as well.

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Supplements  Breastfeeding  Children  DHA  Nursing  Baby  Omega-3  ADD  Pregnancy  

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