Omega-3’s are not only important for growth development but they are key to a healthy diet as well. They are not naturally produced in our bodies but they are found in foods that we consume. Omega-3s are polyunsaturated fatty acids, which can be found in some lean meats, fatty fish, and even some veggies. Omega-3’s can also can also be found in flaxseed oils and fish oil supplements.
Omega-3’s are not only very important to take when pregnant but they are almost essential when breastfeeding as well. DHA, is a type of Omega-3. It is a polyunsaturated fatty acid. According to specialists at the University of Kansas, babies born to mothers with higher levels of DHA in their blood at delivery have advanced attention spans. During the first 6 months, babies that were born from mothers with high DHA levels, are 2 months ahead of other babies whose mothers had low DHA levels. DHA is an key component of early intelligence, says the lead researcher in the above study, John Colombo, PhD.
When you breastfeed, your baby will receive the omega-3’s through your breastmilk. This means that mothers need to increase their intake of omega-3 fatty acids when breastfeeding so that their baby receives a healthy amount. Flaxseed oil not only is a great source of omega-3’s but it also can help with lactation and is great for your baby’s eye and brain development.
Don’t forget to increase your omega 3 fatty acids not only to keep you healthy but your baby as well.