Monthly Infant Development Calendar Chapter 2
Your baby's very rapid mental development continues in the second month. Baby loves being held as well as being spoken and sung to. In response, she may start cooing back at you. It's the start of a great conversation! Your little one is beginning to anticipate certain events and may start to smack her lips just before feeding time.
Nutrients pass through your baby's small intestine more slowly than they do through yours, helping to ensure proper absorption and digestion. The intestine is designed for absorption, but because of that it's vulnerable to penetration by antibodies. Breast milk contains many different factors that offer protective benefits and stimulate an infant's intestinal surface to mature.
Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is an omega-3 fatty acid found in breast milk that's essential for proper functioning of the nerve cells of the brain. In the US, infant formula has been supplemented with DHA since 2001.
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