I’m currently nursing my third (and last) kiddo. I’ve had amazing breastfeeding relationships with all three of my boys; relationships I’m so thankful to have had. Each of my nursing relationships have been a bit different, yet all positive (by the end). The learning curve of nursing my first kiddo was hard… nursing while pregnant was hard… and now, losing weight during my third postpartum journey is hard(er).
But you know what isn’t hard? Finding out the DHA level in your breast milk. This was something I didn’t even realize companies could do so easily. Through my relationship with FitApproach, I was able to receive a Breast Milk DHA Test through EverlyWell and complete the process of submitting a sample of my breast milk and receiving results. Disclosure: this is a compensated post, but all thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.
EverlyWell offers laboratory testing for wellness monitoring, one of which is the Breast Milk DHA Test. There are no doctor or lab visits required through this service; shipping is free both ways, and you’re given a results page that is now easy to understand.
You may wonder why I said is now easy to understand; let me explain. A couple months ago when I was first reviewing all this information and making sense of results, I reached out to FitApproach asking for more information and clarification on my results. My lab result was provided but no reference range or average was provided. The result graph had a chart with three color codes, but really the DHA test needed a graph with just two color codes. This might not make much sense just reading my description… but it was initially disappointment and confusing. And since I am a registered dietitian and felt this way, I was worried for consumers interpretations.
Enter the EverlyWell Medical Director.
She (Marra) personally emailed me and addressed all my concerns. The conclusion of our email dialog was that the company would revamp their results page. “I wanted to let you know that we are currently redoing all of our results sections to make sure there is no future confusion on the results page.” How amazing is that?!
So, now I know that the optimal level for DHA in breast milk is 0.32 or higher, which means my level from this sample is low (0.2).
Why is this of concern?
DHA is a critical part of baby’s health. DHA influences areas of eye development, nervous and immune system health, and most importantly, cognitive development. Brain growth is HUGE during the baby’s early years and requires a high amount of DHA… on a consistent basis. Formula if often fortified with DHA, but women who are breastfeeding, like myself, can use this test as way to see if you should increase consumption of DHA-rich foods or consider supplementation… Or see if the dietary supply is already at an optimal level.
Fatty fishes, such as salmon – especially Atlantic salmon – tuna, cod, halibut, as well as liver or even algae are DHA-rich foods.
This process has been pretty cool and knowing my low value has certainly made me eat more salmon over the last couple months. I do have a coupon code if you’re a breast feeding mother who would like to check out this test and give it a try yourself! Use the code KATIE15 to receive 15% off your purchase of the EverlyWell Breast Milk DHA Test.
Have you ever tried an at home wellness kit like this? What were you testing for? Are you currently a nursing mother… what dietary DHA-rich sources are you currently consuming?
Disclosure: this post was sponsored by EverlyWell through FitApproach. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.