Enfamil®  Infant has DHA shown to foster learning ability from infancy through age 5.

Why Enfamil? Because Enfamil Infant has DHA shown to foster learning ability from infancy through age 5.

As a mom, you want to know the formula you give your baby helps nourish brain development now. But what if you could feel confident that when you feed your baby today, the effects of that nourishment could last for years?

Recent clinical studies have been published that demonstrate Enfamil Infant formula fosters learning ability now – and into the preschool and kindergarten years. These results are good news for moms who want to support the learning ability of their baby.

In an independent clinical study, children fed Enfamil Infant during the first 12 months of life exhibited:

  • Accelerated development in a measure of executive function. In fact, babies fed Enfamil Infant that had DHA achieved results at age 4 that infants not fed DHA didn’t achieve until age 5. In other words, babies fed Enfamil that had DHA exhibited earlier improvement in this measure of executive function which includes mental flexibility, working memory, self-regulation and impulse control.
  • 16% improvement in a measure of vocabulary at 5 years of age.


Brain-nourishing nutrients: DHA and ARA.

DHA and ARA are two types of fatty acids babies get from their mothers during pregnancy. These nutrients are also found in breast milk. DHA and ARA are the nutrients that were analyzed by Dr. John Colombo, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Kansas, in an independent clinical study.

It’s been proven that DHA and ARA support brain development in the early months of life. Dr. Colombo studied these nutrients to find out whether they would continue to support brain development in later years. Because in addition to all the love and playtime you stimulate your baby with, nutrition also plays a critical role in brain development.

How the study worked.

Two groups of babies were studied:

  • Children fed Enfamil that had DHA and ARA during the first 12 months of life.
  • Children fed (now discontinued) Enfamil during the first 12 months of life without DHA and ARA.

Dr. Colombo followed and measured the children’s progress every 6 or 12 months from 18 to 72 months by exposing them to cognitive tests. One test was the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test (PPVT). As its name suggests, the PPVT works by showing a child a booklet with pictures while a moderator verbally directs the child to point to a picture in the booklet. This method tests “receptive language” – the vocabulary a child understands by listening.

The study results bring confidence to formula-feeding moms: Enfamil Infant is shown to nourish learning ability through age 5.

When researching and choosing infant formula, moms now have clinical data that shows Enfamil Infant fosters learning ability into the preschool and kindergarten years in babies that are fed Enfamil during their first 12 months.

So what does this study mean for your child? 

Dr. Colombo said it best: "If I were talking to a parent, the thing I would emphasize most about the study is that this first-year feeding had long-term benefits that lasted almost to early school age."

Study compared infants fed Enfamil Infant with 0.32% of total fatty acid as DHA vs discontinued Enfamil without DHA; studied before the addition of prebiotics.

DCCS = Dimensional Change Card Sort. PPVT: Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test.