New and Improved Neocate Infant: Why We Increased the DHA Content

Posted 10.1.13 | Mallory West

As you’re all likely aware by now, we recently made some improvements to the Neocate Infant with DHA and ARA. One of the improvements was the increased level of docosahexaenoic acid, better known as DHA. You may recall that DHA is a fatty acid found in breast milk which plays a role in infant brain and eye development.

DHA is found in breast milk at an average level of 0.32% of fatty acids[i]. When breast feeding isn’t possible, infant nutrition experts recommend that infant formulas provide between 0.2-0.5% total fatty acids as DHA[ii]. The reformulated version of Neocate Infant with DHA and ARA provides DHA at a level of 0.35% of total fatty acids, which is in line with current recommendations and closer to the average levels found in breast milk. We hope you are as excited as we are about the increased DHA and the rest of the improvements in the new Neocate!

For more information on the new and improved Neocate Infant with DHA and ARA, visit

As always, if you have any questions, please contact our Nutrition Specialists at 1-800-365-7354, Option 2 or at


[i] Brenna JT, et al. Docosahexaenoic and arachidonic acid concentrations in human breast milk worldwide. Am J Clin Nutr. 2007 Jun;85(6):1457-64.

[ii] Koletzko B, et al. The roles of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in pregnancy, lactation and infancy: review of current knowledge and consensus recommendations. J Perinat Med. 2008;36(1):5-14.

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