Studies abound touting the positive effects of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and arachidonic acid (ARA) in improving brain and visual development in babies. Although the two fatty acids are found naturally in breastmilk, they were not available in infant formula.

Nestle USA (Glendale, Calif.) has rectified that with Nestle Good Start Supreme DHA & RHA, which boasts “one of the highest levels of DHA and ARA available in the U.S.” The formula goes a step further by including Comfort Proteins®, which Nestle claims are gentle on developing digestive systems and reduce the potential for the development of protein sensitization and intolerance.

The whey proteins already are broken down (partially hydrolyzed) to ease digestion and decrease the potential for formula intolerance. Nestle does acknowledge that breastmilk is best for babies, but is positioning Good Start as a source of complete nutrition in case breastfeeding is not chosen, is discontinued, or if parents desire a supplement for the child.