Mother’s Milk DHA Test
Mother’s Milk DHA Test
What the Mother’s Milk DHA Test Measures:
The Mother’s Milk DHA Test measures the amount of omega-3 DHA in breast milk. Studies show breast milk is the best way to deliver DHA to your growing baby.
Why Measure DHA Levels in Breast Milk?
Omega-3 DHA is an important component of a baby’s developing brain and it is present in breast milk. DHA levels in breast milk, like blood, go up and down mainly based on how much you eat. We recommend Mother’s Milk DHA levels of at least 0.32% to meet the needs of the infant’s growing brain.
Optimal DHA Levels are Important for:
Full term pregnancy
Your baby’s brain & eye health
Why Prenatal DHA & Mothers Milk DHA Testing Matters
- Women who get an optimal about of Omega-3 DHA during pregnancy can reduce their risk of early preterm birth by 42% – view study
- Women who have low blood DHA levels are 10x more likely to have preterm birth – view study
- Nearly three quarters of women have DHA levels below 5%, the optimal level for pregnant women – view study
- Studies also show that getting enough DHA during pregnancy can impact behavior, attention, and learning in children – view study
- Breast milk is an ideal delivery system for DHA to growing babies to support their brain, eye and overall development – view study
When Should You Measure DHA Levels in Breast Milk?
2-4 Weeks after Giving Birth:
DHA levels change naturally in breast milk, especially in the first few days after delivery (called “colostrum”) to the later stages (“mature milk”). We are aiming to measure the proportion of DHA in mature milk.
First Feeding Session of the Day:
As all new mothers know, the term “day” should be used loosely. Aim to collect a sample during the “first” feeding of the day, before you eat breakfast or take a supplement. The same timing goes for pumped milk.
Anytime during the Feed:
Because we are measuring a percent of fat instead of a total amount of fat, the Mother’s Milk DHA level is not affected by the changes in fat content between the watery fore milk or the creamy hind milk.
How Often Should You Measure DHA Levels in Breast Milk?
If your DHA levels are optimal with your first testing, and you maintain the same health status, diet, and/or supplement regimen, then once is enough. However, if your levels are low, and you decide to increase your intake of DHA (via fish or fish oil pills), then you can take the test as soon as two weeks after your previous test. (It only takes two weeks to change the levels of DHA in your breast milk!)
Mother’s Milk DHA Videos
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The Importance of Omega-3s During Pregnancy and Postpartum for Mom and Baby with Kristina Harris Jackson
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