DHA, or docosahexaenoic acid, is an Omega-3 fatty acid that forms an important structural component of your baby's brain and retina. Following birth, a baby depends on an external source of DHA, usually the mother's breast milk
Therefore, a lactating mother requires dietary sources like fish, fish oil, and additional supplements to maintain optimum amounts of DHA for herself & the baby
In babies, DHA supports:
-Brain, eye & nervous system development
In mothers, DHA lowers the risk of:
-Mood Swings post-delivery
Post-delivery, the baby gets Omega-3 DHA from its mother's breastmilk
DHA levels in breastmilk strictly depend on a mother's diet as her body can't make enough of this nutrient on its own
And research suggests that breast milk DHA levels of ≥0.32% offer additional benefits for the infant’s development compared to lower DHA values
OmegaScore-N allows lactating mothers to monitor DHA levels & alter their diets for adequate DHA transfer after pregnancy
A baby requires optimal & constant DHA intake up to 2 years of age to support its developing brain. Moreover, eye, nervous system & cognitive development also rely on adequate DHA levels in the mother's breastmilk
Research also suggests that optimal DHA intake is linked with normal IQ & lowered risk of neurological conditions
For moms who are unable to breastfeed, European Union guidelines dictate that all infant formula products they choose must contain 20-50 mg DHA/100 kcal, highlighting the strong need for DHA in growing babies
Low levels of DHA can cause a variety of issues for new mothers, including major depressive disorder. Almost 10 - 20% of women suffer from depression immediately before/after birth which can affect the baby's cognitive development
Research suggests that increasing DHA intake through diet & supplements can reduce the complications related to major depressive disorder
OmegaScore-N allows women to monitor their DHA levels from the comfort of their homes, helping them through their postpartum journey
Test readings within the prescribed range indicate adequate DHA levels for proper growth & development of a baby
Test readings below the prescribed range indicate low DHA levels associated with postpartum mood swings in lactating mothers
Discussion With Your Doctor The immediate next step would be a discussion with your doctor for appropriate advice
Nutrition & Lifestyle Modification Based on your results, make dietary changes or take supplements as recommended by a doctor. Pregnant women should consume at least 100-200 mg DHA/day
Monitor Omega-3 DHA Levels Repeat the test after 4 weeks to check if you have achieved the desired DHA levels
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DHA plays a key role in the brain, eye, nervous system, and cognitive development & function. According to some studies, optimal DHA intake is also associated with normal IQ and lowered risk of neurological disorders such as ADHD in infants below 2 years of age. OmegaScore-N test serves as the perfect way to monitor DHA levels in your breastmilk to ensure your baby's overall well-being.
A lactating mother can begin to measure DHA levels in her breastmilk 2 to 4 weeks after giving birth. This analysis can help new mothers to monitor and modify DHA levels in their breast milk essential for the overall growth & development of their baby.
Yes! Once you book the test on our website, LifeCell will promptly ship the kit to you and guide you through the entire testing process.
No, the collection can be done at any point during the first feeding of the day. But, do remember to book the kit box pick-up before 11.30 AM on the day of sample collection.
Unfortunately, a return or order cancellation is not possible once you buy the kit.
No! Our test kit has been specifically designed to ensure that you can collect the sample with ease, directly from the comfort of your home. To know all about the sample collection steps, watch this video.
The OmegaScore-N Collection kit has everything you will require. All you have to do is follow the simple steps of sample collection as displayed in the user collection guide.
Once our lab receives your sample, our health expert will evaluate the level of DHA in your breastmilk. You'll receive your personalized test report on your dashboard as well as on your personal email.
Based on your results, a doctor may recommend dietary changes such as incorporating fish & seafood in your diet or consuming plant-based DHA supplements to correct your Omega-3 DHA status.
You can retest your DHA levels after you have been on the recommended diet or supplements for close to 4 weeks.
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