If you want your infant to score better on such developmental milestones as sitting up, crawling or talking, there are two ways to enhance the odds, according to a recent study:
First, while pregnant, eat at least three servings a week of low-mercury fish, such as cod, wild salmon and pollock. Try these recipes:
Second, breastfeed—the longer, the better. See our Ultimate Guide to Breastfeeding for information and advice.
Both practices raised babies’ scores on motor and cognitive skills at ages 6 and 18 months, at least in part because of the brain-friendly omega-3 fatty acids in fish and breast milk.