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At this time, docosahexaenoic acid dosing has not been established for most uses. For pregnancy or breastfeeding, some sources have recommended 300 mg daily, either through dietary sources or through supplementation. For most cardiovascular uses, however, recommendations suggest a docosahexaenoic acid dose plus EPA (another omega-3 fatty acid) -- not just docosahexaenoic acid alone.
The recommended docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) dose has not been clearly established. For many uses (particularly cardiovascular uses), recommendations suggest a dose of docosahexaenoic acid plus EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), not just a dose of docosahexaenoic acid alone. EPA is a similar (but different) omega-3 fatty acid, and it cannot be assumed that taking docosahexaenoic acid without the EPA will provide the same health benefits.
A recommended intake of docosahexaenoic acid for pregnant and breastfeeding women has not been established. Some sources have recommended 300 mg a day, either through dietary sources or through supplementation. One docosahexaenoic acid supplement designed especially for pregnant and breastfeeding women (Expecta® Lipil®) provides 200 mg of docosahexaenoic acid per day.
Many infant formulas now contain docosahexaenoic acid. If you would like to ensure that your baby gets enough docosahexaenoic acid, you should use one of these formulas (it is probably not a good idea to use a docosahexaenoic acid supplement instead). These formulas contain varying amounts of docosahexaenoic acid. The recommended intake of docosahexaenoic acid for infants has not been established.