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Most deficiencies can be overcome with appropriate nutritional adjustments to the breastfeeding mother’s diet, or by nutritional supplements. MyMilk test results are accompanied with comprehensible nutrition recommendations. Health authorities state that for breastfeeding mothers of babies under the age of 6 months, it is better to increase their own vitamin intake rather than give any external food or supplement to their babies.
In most cases (not extreme cases) deficiencies are not severe and research show that such level does not pose immediate risk to a healthy term baby, and can be overcome with appropriate nutritional adjustments by the mother. In any case MyMilk nutritional test does not intend to diagnose, prevent or treat any medical condition. Consult your healthcare provider If you are concerned about your baby’s nutritional status.
The test is intended primarily for exclusively breastfeeding women, from four weeks to six months after birth. Mothers are in increased risk for vitamin deficiencies if they are: vegetarian / vegan / on a weight loss diet / vitamin absorption issues / dairy free / food restriction / less than 3 years between births. Additionally, babies that were born pre-term or had low birth weight babies, are more prone to vitamin deficiencies. And of course, If you are curious about your breastmilk and want more control.
MyMilk results are accompanied with explanations and personalized nutritional recommendations, based on your milk profiling and your reported diet and habits, as completed in your personal account online. For nutrients that can benefit from nutritional improvements, results include food table for good sources of the vitamin and recommended intake for lactating women. Different nutrients in your milk can be improved at various timelines, studied demonstrated timelines ranges between hours to weeks from changes in intake. The relevant info for each analyte is provided in the results.
The only way to know the levels of key vitamins in your milk, is by checking the breastmilk itself. Vitamins in the breast milk are primarily affected by current maternal diet, while blood vitamin status normally reflect also mother’s store. Additionally, most vitamins are not tested in any routine blood test. Milk levels are also affected by medical status and genetics. Research show that certain vitamin shortage in breast milk can be detected even before such deficiency can be detected in the mother’s blood, and long before detected in the infant.
Sampling kit contains two sampling cups, simple to use transfer tubes (no need to open cap), Instructions and a return box with a pre-paid shipment air-bill. You will need to express about 15-20ml of your milk twice during a single day, then hand the return box with your milk-filled tubes to the courier.
Results will appear gradually on your report starting at several days from sample receipt in mymilk laboratories, and will be completed usually within 2 weeks and no later than 6 weeks from sample receipt at the lab.
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MyMilk tests and reports are not intended to diagnose or treat any clinical condition, or to substitute for a healthcare provider’s consultation.
MyMilk test and reports are not intended to diagnose or treat any clinical condition, or to provide a medical recommendation and does not substitute the advice of your health care provider (lactation consultant, doctor, or nurse). These reports are not intended to tell you anything about your or your baby’s current state of health, or to be used to make medical decisions, including whether or not you should take a medication or how much of a medication you should take. Our reports can identify potential nutritional deficiencies in breast milk and provide suggestions for improving the breastfeeding mom’s nutrition. It is advised to consult with a nutritionist or a medical health provider before making any nutritional changes. Furthermore, nutritional supplements should not be taken without consulting with a physician.