With regard to choosing between Baby's Only Organic® Dairy and Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy with DHA & ARA formulas, there is ongoing controversy as to whether DHA and ARA are needed in infant formula and also over the source of DHA and ARA being added to infant formulas. One reason is that a full term, healthy infant has the capability of making the non-essential fatty acids DHA and ARA from two essential fatty acids, linolenic fatty acid and linoleic fatty acid, which are in all formulas, including our Baby’s Only Organic® formulas, as required by the U.S. Infant Formula Act. In addition, we originally chose not to add them to our Baby’s Only Organic® formulas, including our original dairy formula, because the Academy of Pediatrics has not come out with a definitive statement on the necessity of adding these two non-essential fatty acids (DHA and ARA) to formula; and to date there is no definite evidence that DHA supplementation in pregnancy, lactation or infancy improves the neurodevelopment of healthy term infants. If future trials are to provide certainty, they will need to recruit large sample sizes to identify potential subgroup analyses, such as maternal factors, infant gender and genetics, identify the optimal dose for supplementation and assess using well-designed and valid measures.*
Nature’s One’s “original” Dairy formula is a complete formula even without the supplement because, as mentioned previously, it has two precursor essential fatty acids (linolenic & linoleic) that convert to DHA & ARA fatty acids in the body. The Dairy Formula with DHA & ARA is the same formulation as the Dairy Formula, but with the addition of DHA and ARA. This formulation is for parents and/or healthcare providers that prefer to have the formula supplemented with DHA and ARA. The DHA & ARA in Baby's Only Organic® Dairy with DHA & ARA is naturally derived from egg yolk (also called egg phospholipid or egg lecithin). This differs from life'sDHA™ that is used in all other organic and conventional infant formulas, which is derived from algae & fungus and treated with hexane solvent, acid and bleach. Parents who want to avoid giving their baby a formula with chemically treated oils, but would like added non-essential fatty acids should consider Baby's Only Organic® Dairy formula with DHA & ARA.
* Meldrum S, Simmer K. Docosahexaenoic acid and neurodevelopmental outcomes of term infants. Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism, 2016; 69(suppl 1): 23-28.