Why test for DHA?
Many studies have demonstrated the benefits of having adequate levels of DHA and its impact on both the developing fetus after birth, as well as the breastfeeding infant into childhood. In particular, infants and young children have demonstrated improved problem solving skills, better hand-eye coordination, improved scores on visual acuity tests, a decrease in respiratory inflammatory conditions such as asthma up to age 16, and a decrease in food allergies and eczema in the first few years of life.
This site provides more information about how much DHA should be in breast milk. Additional research studies are provided below.
Innis, S. (2014) "Impact of maternal diet on human milk composition and neurological development of infants." American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 99(3): 7345-7415
Brenna, J., Varamini, B., et al. (2007) "Docosahexaenoic and arachidonic acid concentrations in human breast milk worldwide." American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 85(6): 1457-1464
Juber, B., Jackson, K., et al. (2017) "Breast milk DHA levels may increase after informing women: a community-based cohort study from South Dakota USA." International Breastfeeding Journal 12(7)
Innis, S. (2007) "Human milk: maternal dietary lipids and infant development." The Proceedings of the Nutritional Society 66(3): 397-404