When it comes to feeding your newborn, many doctors agree that breast milk is best. Breast milk not only feeds and provides nutrition for your child, but it also contains disease fighting substances that will protect your newborn from many illnesses like ear infections, respiratory infections and even meningitis. But how can you ensure that you’re breast milk is healthy enough for your child?
Happy Vitals®, Inc. has recently launched the first-ever direct-to-consumer laboratory home testing kit for testing breast milk. Happy Vitals provide an unparalleled, detailed assessment of the nutrition and immunity status of breast milk like fats, proteins, carbs and key vitamins and then charts it over time by using an integrated digital portal that women can use for personal health tracking. Additionally, Happy Vitals also offers pregnant women the ability to test for heavy metal toxin tests and their children via non-invasive hair or fingernail/toenail samples. Beyond home testing for parents and parents to be, Happy Vitals has a higher mission in mind and that is to better understand and improve children’s health for future generations.
Happy Vitals was co-founded by Eric Feigl-Ding, PhD (Epidemiologist, nutritionist, and faculty member at Harvard Chan School of Public Health), and Andrea Feigl-Ding, PhD (Health economist and global health scientist at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health), a husband and wife team who are not only are award-winning Harvard-trained public health scientists with over 25 years combined experience but parents as well.
‘Andrea and I have a 2 year old son and we personally understand the concerns of parents, which is why we created Happy Vitals,’ says Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding and Dr. Andrea Feigl-Ding added, ‘With so many unanswered questions and confusing information, we want to help parents everywhere optimize their child’s health.’
Happy Vitals helps bring peace of mind to parents who are justifiably concerned about their baby’s nutrition, immunity protection, and toxin levels, which together lay the foundation for their child’s development. According to Drs. Feigl-Ding, some of the most common questions from nursing mothers are as followed:
- How do I know if my baby is receiving the proper nutrients?
- How does what I eat affect what my baby receives through my breast milk?
- How can I optimize my breast milk for my baby?
- Is my breast milk giving my baby enough immunity protection against infections?
- How do I know if I’ve been exposed to harmful toxins that can affect my baby?
- Am I exposing my child to toxins from the environment other than through my breast milk?
- Is my lack of sleep affecting my stress hormones and impacting my baby’s development?
By using Happy Vitals, it helps parents answers these questions and many other concerns that they may face with a newborn baby in today’s complex world. Happy Vitals featuring an easy-to-use kit and a streamlined express pickup and shipping, Once your test has been received Happy Vitals test results are provided to the parents within a few days. Results are easy to read and include charts that include current trends and helpful information based on the parents personalized test results. Also, parents who purchase a Happy Vitals kit will have the opportunity to participate in a landmark nationwide study for children. Led by Harvard scientists, The Happy Children’s Health Study uses state-of-the-art science to help predict and determine future health outcomes of children that range from asthma to allergies, autism, and much more. A portion of all proceeds received from the sales of Happy Vitals kit will go towards the Happy Children’s Health Study, a non-profit scientific initiative to predict and uncover risk factors for childhood diseases and healthy development.
For purchasing, Happy Vitals offers three different packages for testing breast milk and one test for toxic heavy metals (lead, mercury, cadmium arsenic) with more tests to come in the future. The three packages available for testing breast milk include:
The BASIC Package: Tests fats, protein, lactose, glucose, and calorie density.
The STANDARD Package: Tests for basic, stress hormones, immunity and key vitamins.
The PLUS Package: Tests for standard and other important vitamins.
Happy Vitals breast milk testing packages have a starting price of $149.95 during the pre-order promotional sale that will run until October 31. Kits ordered during that time period will begin to arrive at homes starting November 1. To learn more about Happy Vitals visit www.happyvitals.com. You can also follow Happy Vitals on Twitter (happyvitals) and Facebook (happyvitals).