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Importance of fats to a baby's brain cells

April 09, 2018

Importance of fats to a baby's brain cells

Fat nutrient requirements for development of a newborn brain.

Did you know that "fat" is necessary for brain development of a newborn. What kind of fat and where do babies get it from?

Mature human milk contains 3%--5% fat. Composition of human milk is as follows


3%--5% fat,

0.8%--0.9% protein,

6.9%--7.2% carbohydrate calculated as lactose,

and 0.2% mineral constituents expressed as ash.

Its energy content is 60--75 kcal/100 ml.

The principal mineral constituents of human milk are Na, K, Ca, Mg, P, and Cl. 

All of the vitamins, except K, are found in human milk in nutritionally significant concentrations.

Many Parents may not understand the importance of fat as a nutrient that is essential, especially not useful for newborn babies. Mistakenly, in fact, fat is demonized and parents extend that to babies as well.

Fat is important and essential to the development of the brain and body to grow of a newborn. Let's see how much fat is beneficial to the brain of children. Saturated Fat is an important energy source for children. Unlike adults, babies need energy from fat to help them grow and promote the high energy work of growing up. 50% of their energy comes from breast milk. Fat builds brain cells and nervous system. Omega-3 fatty acids Omega-6 DHA and AA are important nutrients needed to strengthen brain and nervous system to develop brain cells of the baby.


Have you noticed Omega 3, Omega 6 and DHA written on baby formula cans? Yes, they are added to formula as they are missing unlike mother’s breastmilk.


Some fats, like omega 3 and 6, or DHA, are good fats that must be obtained through food or by ingestion. Fat also helps to absorb important nutrients in the body like some essential nutrients that cannot dissolve in water. These are absorbed into the body, such as lutein, as well as vitamins A, D, E and K, and are absorbed only if there enough fat that can dissolve them.

To get these essential minerals and vitamins your baby needs to get enough natural fat from its food. However, avoid sources like palm oil and other refined oil as a source of fat. 

Fats to avoid:

  • partially hydrogenated oils
  • vegetable oils
  • margarine

Good Fats:

  • Organic Coconut Oil
  • Cow's Milk ( Only after 1 year of age)
  • Organic Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Unrefined Olive Oil
  • Organic Butter (avoid butter blends)
  • Chicken, Fish or Liver Stock
  • Organic Coconut Milk in a can
  • Avocado

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