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This detailed nutritional assessment equips families with scientific results that help them improve specific vitamin and mineral levels in breast milk to ensure that their baby is getting all that she needs to reach her unique physical and cognitive potential.
Not consuming enough vitamins and minerals, despite eating enough total calories, is a common and often silent danger to human health, and has particularly negative effects during childhood growth.
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The carbohydrate glucose is a key fuel source for an infant's growth, and his/her rapidly developing brain and nervous system.
Lactose is the major source of carbohydrate found in breast milk and also important for brain development.
Breast milk proteins are essential for baby growth and development, in addition to promoting intestinal health and immune function.
Breast milk triglycerides are molecules of fat that are necessary and essential for healthy growth of the baby. They are central to both physical and cognitive development. They also act as mother-to-child transporters of many vitamins.
The steroid hormone cortisol is released when the body experiences emotional or physical stress. A mother's stress can have a negative effect on a breastfeeding infant. Higher levels of cortisol in breast milk can influence infant temperament, cognitive development, and result in an infant's failure to thrive, which can have short- and long-term negative consequences for a child's physical and psychological development.
IgA antibody is the main antibody a mother passes to her baby through pregnancy and breastfeeding. IgA lays the groundwork for a baby's immune system and helps baby repel early infections during infancy. Transferred through breast milk from the mother, IgA helps provide direct immunity protection to her infant to fight infectious diseases.
Calcium is a mineral crucial during pregnancy and breastfeeding to help a growing baby develop a healthy skeleton, in addition to supporting blood pressure and nerve function.
Folate (aka folic acid) is a vitamin that helps stimulate DNA replication and the normal growth of cells, and helps prevent certain types of anemia. Low levels during pregnancy can lead to brain and spinal cord defects.
Iron supports proper red blood cell formation and transports oxygen in the body. Deficiency during pregnancy and infancy can lead to anemia, physical and cognitive impairment, including lower IQ and concentration issues.
Vitamin D regulates calcium and phosphorus levels, blood pressure, enhances immunity, and may lead to cancer, heart disease, and diabetes, and is essential during infancy and throughout childhood for the development of strong bones and teeth. Low levels can often result in the child's development of rickets, or bone softening.
Ferritin is a measure of the body's iron stores and iron availability, which can be low while nursing because of blood loss during the end of pregnancy and childbirth. Ferritin enhances the effects of iron, and testing information informs how bioavailable iron is to cells.
Magnesium is a mineral that helps maintain heart, muscle, nerves, and bone health, and supports the absorption of calcium and vitamin C. Magnesium can protect against diabetes and heart disease, and low levels can result in irritability, muscle weakness, decreased immunity, irregular heartbeat, and low weight in developing babies.
Phosphorus is a mineral that works together with the B vitamins to play an important role in nerve signalling, in addition to proper functioning of the kidney, the heart, and other muscles. (See Vitamin B12)
Sodium is a mineral important for muscles, nerves, and hydration. Elevated levels may be a marker for impaired lactation, and have been linked with not having enough milk, and premature weaning.
Potassium is important for heart health, hydration, and nerve and muscle functioning. A diet rich in potassium may lower blood pressure and benefit bone health, whereas low levels may put children at risk for high blood pressure, kidney stones, and osteoporosis later in life.
Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) is required for red blood cell formation and the proper development of the baby's central nervous system. Low levels can lead to many neurological symptoms such as irritability, apathy, failure to thrive, and anaemia.
Protects vitamin A and essential fatty acids and prevents the breakdown of tissues.