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Adding fatty acids to baby milk improves development

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 18 March 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:735
  1. Deborah Josefson
  1. San Francisco

    Supplementing standard infant formula with two fatty acids found in breast milk substantially enhances an infant's mental development, according to a new report.

    The study, led by Drs Eileen and David Birch of the Retina Foundation in Dallas, Texas, is the first to directly compare supplemented infant formula with non-supplemented formula (Develop-mental Medicine and Child Neurology 2000;42:174-81). Previous studies have compared standard formulas with mothers' milk.

    The researchers enrolled 70 healthy term infants into …

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