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PUFA-Enriched Formula Does Not Improve Neurodevelopment of Preterm Infants

Wednesday, 29 October 2008 12:25
Infant formula supplemented with long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) does not improve the neurodevelopmental outcomes of preterm infants, according to a report in the July issue of Pediatrics.

Breast milk contains long-chain PUFA, which is found in high concentrations in cell membranes, particularly those of the central nervous system, and is thought to play an important role in brain development.


Because standard infant formula does not contain long-chain PUFA, researchers have reasoned that formula supplemented with this fatty acid would benefit preterm infants whose brains have not fully matured. But studies to date have yielded conflicting results.

Furthermore, a group of 88 control infants who were breastfed scored higher on developmental tests than either group of formula-fed infants.