Basic package + Immunity + Key Vitamins & Minerals
An infant's early immunity comes mostly from a mother's breast milk, which provides antibodies to help fight off infection. This package tests for antibody levels in a mother's breast milk to help determine the level of immunity protection provided to the infant.
A mother's stress can have a negative effect on a breastfeeding infant. Knowledge of cortisol levels provided by this test can be used to guide lifestyle changes that reduce the negative effects of stress.
Vitamin D and calcium not only have immunity benefits, but they also contribute to better understanding of nutrients needed for healthy bone growth. Iron and folic acid both are important for preventing anemia. Testing will inform healthy levels of each.
This package also includes the basic test results for caloric and macronutrient content of breast milk.
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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.