I am a mom of 2, and my youngest, just turned a year old! My son is 3, my daughter is 1, and I absolutely love my role of being able to love on them, teach them, inspire and impact them! It was actually in 2014 after becoming a mom that I decided to give up sugar. I share my entire story in my cookbook, but basically, after hearing about and reading about the major affects of sugar, I realized I wanted something more for my children!
I have always had a desire, as most of us do, to give my kids the best opportunity at an amazing life! Even when it comes to food! I want them to have a good relationship with food, to choose foods that fuel their bodies, and to know what eating real, whole foods look like!
It is the drive and passion behind what I do! I want to help other women do the same, and impact generations beyond themselves due to the choices they make about health and fitness!
I am thankful for my little balls of inspiration!
It was quite a surprise to me when I learned that some of the foods I am eating, although healthy, may not be doing as much for my baby as I thought it was! And, as I sit hear nursing child number two, I can't believe that hospitals, doctors, etc. don't educate new mother's on the potential of their breastmilk not being up to par for their children.
So I have to ask you....IS YOUR BREASTMILK AS GOOD AS YOU THINK?
Have you ever heard of DHA in Breastmilk?
DHA is a vital Omega 3 Fatty Acid for a baby's health as they grow during their first 2 years. DHA is crucial in a child's early development, in particular for their visual acuity and cognitive development.
It's estimated that over 75% of American's are defficient in DHA! Can you believe this!? That means that mom's all over the place aren't realizing the power of what they eat, how it affects their breastmilk, and how ultimately it is affecting their children! I mean, as a mom breastfeeding my second child, this is the first time anyone has ever really spoken to the fact that my nutrition is having an affect on my baby...other than the cup of coffee I had keeping her awake at night! (hello decaf!)
It makes sense though right.
We've always heard the quote..."YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT."
Well how true is that!? And in this case. "You AND YOUR BABY are what YOU eat!"
I think knowing this powerful component to breastmilk would be a great opportunity for postpartum nutrition counseling. It would be a great opportunity to teach women about what kind of foods fuel their body, and how to eat well! Then maybe in the long run, this could also be passed down to their children, and maybe, just maybe begin to make changes to our nation's lack of good nutrition!
So...wondering how to get your Breastmilk DHA results?
It's so so so simple...and NO getting blood drawn. Actually, YOU DON'T EVEN HAVE TO LEAVE YOUR HOUSE!
Everlywell Well provides convenient at-home health testing! So....grab you a DHA Testing Kit, it's shipped to your house, you use a little breast milk to put on a tab (about 3-4 drops), send it back, and within a few days you get an email sharing your results in a way that is easy for ANYONE to understand! Simple as it gets!
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So ready to hear about my results....even with eating mostly well, I still ranked LOW on my DHA level! Now, before we all start FREAKING OUT! One great thing, is according to Everly Well, "Even if your breast milk DHA levels are below recommended, because breast milk offers so many benefits most providers and research do not suggest stopping breastfeeding. Instead, you can try optimizing your DHA levels, ideally through diet."
So on that note...here are a few things I'm going to be implementing to start upping the DHA in my breastmilk because I plan to breastfeed my now 1 year old daughter until at least 24 months. (yep, I'm one of those "weird" moms....I like to use the term GRANOLA...it's nicer!)
- Eat fatty fish such as salmon or tuna (I never eat fish, so I need to start!)
- Taking Beef Liver
- More Flax Seed
- Eat more Yogurt or add it to smoothies
- Take a DHA Supplement (this would be my last resort, ideally I would like to get more DHA in my foods)2w
I am so thankful to know what I do now about DHA and breastmilk. Not only for the sake of my baby now, but because I know I will be having more kids, and I want to provide the best milk possible for the growth and development of my babies!
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Please, let me know if this was helpful for you! Or, if you have any questions!
Brittany aka that "Granola" momma
Disclaimer: Through my partnership with Fit Approach, I was given the DHA Testing Kit from Everyly Well for my honest feedback. All opinions are geniune and truly how I feel.