Omega-3 DHA Breast Milk Test
The Omega-3 DHA Test is designed for women who are currently breastfeeding.
Measures: The level of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) in a mother’s breast milk.
Using specialized paper strip technology, the Omega-3 DHA Test assesses a mother’s personalized fatty acid profile to determine whether their diet contains the recommended levels of DHA necessary for the overall wellbeing of their baby. Having this knowledge enables the mother to adjust their diet and supplementation accordingly (if necessary) so that they can reach optimal DHA levels. This can be confirmed by re-testing of a breast milk sample after a 2-4 week period following efforts to enhance DHA levels.
How It Works
Sample Requirement: breast milk samples (a drop or two of expressed milk deposited on provided specialized absorbent strip.
1. We will mail you the Omega-3 DHA Test.
2. Collect your breast milk sample by following the instructions provided within the kit.
3. Use the pre-addressed envelope included within your kit to mail your sample.
4. Receive your report and schedule a consultation with a practitioner.
Why Test for DHA?
Research shows higher breast milk DHA levels are beneficial and have been associated with:
– Better performance in neuro-behavioural functioning amongst infants
– Improved visual acuity
– Improved hand-eye coordination
– Lower risk of bronchitis and bronchiolitis
Published population studies have shown that higher levels of DHA omega-3 in breast milk have been associated with better performance in neurobehavioral functioning and visual acuity amongst infants [1,2]. In other clinical studies, term infants fed breast milk containing 0.35 % of fat as DHA were found to have better scores in testing for their Psychomotor Development Index (a measure of hand-eye coordination) when toddlers as compared to those receiving only 0.20 % of milk fat by weight as DHA . Very recent research studies have shown that DHA supplementation significantly benefits cognitive development during infancy , and that long-chain omega-3 fatty acid supplementation (which typically includes DHA) has a positive effect on visual acuity during the first year of life . Infant formula fed to full-term infants containing 0.32 % of milk fat as DHA has also been associated with providing a markedly lower risk of bronchitis and bronchiolitis  –
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The OmegaScore® DHA | Breast Milk report is not intended as a medical report or medical advice. It is solely a measurement and calculation of various fatty acids based on the samples provided. “Risk Levels” are intended as a reference for measurement compared to recent academic research studies. A licensed wellness professional should be consulted regarding results or for advice on any dietary changes and/or supplementation that may be required. Samples are processed by our accredited partner medical laboratory.
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