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(BPT) - If you use formula to feed your baby, it’s important to look at the ingredients to ensure you’re providing the best possible nutrition. Formula is more than just food — it provides essential vitamins and nutrients to help support immune health and brain development. Knowing what ingredients to look for can help you support your child's well-being and provide you with peace of mind.
"Not all infant formulas are created the same," says Dr. Christina Valentine, neonatologist and medical director, North American RB Nutrition. "It's important to research different options and seek out specific ingredients to support baby's development in the first year of life."
Dr. Valentine recommends Enfamil NeuroPro, from the #1 pediatrician recommended formula brand, for infants in their first year because it provides complete nutrition from these key ingredients to support cognitive development, immune health and overall well-being:
DHA: Docosahexaenoic acid, more commonly referred to as DHA, is an omega-3 fatty acid. During the early years of baby’s development, DHA supports both cognitive development and nervous system development. Clinical studies have demonstrated that DHA helps support certain learning outcomes, visual acuity and overall brain development in babies. Enfamil NeuroPro is the only leading formula that has omega-3 DHA in amounts that global experts[*] recommend for your baby.
Prebiotics: You probably have heard about the importance of gut health for adults, but it's just as important for infants. Look for formulas that contain prebiotics, which help stimulate the growth of friendly bacteria found in the gut by acting as food for the bacteria. Being that prebiotics are the third-largest component in breast milk, it is important to look for a formula that has prebiotics to help support immune health.
"By keeping these key ingredients top of mind you’re already ahead of the game with keeping your baby’s best interests in mind," says Dr. Valentine. "Ensuring that your baby is getting nutrients for cognitive development and immune support is paramount. That’s why I recommend Enfamil NeuroPro, which has global-expert* recommended amounts of DHA and dual prebiotics, as a great first step."
[*]World Health Organization recommended amount of DHA is 0.2% - 0.36% of total fatty acids.