A common question we get here at Majka is ‘How does your Nourishing Lactation Powder work? Can it actually improve my breast milk supply?

Our Nourishing Lactation Protein Powder formula was specifically designed by mothers, for mothers. Alongside our brilliant team of professional nutritionists specializing in whole food and plant-based nutrition, we took the needs of nursing moms, hand-selected ingredients to provide optimal nutrition for both mother and child, and added super ingredients known to help increase milk production.

So, to answer that question, yes! In order to demonstrate exactly how our powder works, we decided to break down every ingredient and explain the benefits of each:

Majka Nourishing Lactation Protein Powder: Key Ingredients

Protein

Protein is an important part of any diet, especially for pregnant and nursing moms. It’s often referred to as the ‘building blocks of life’ because it breaks down into different amino acids, which are needed by the cells in our bodies. Protein provides energy, supports hormone production, maintains muscle, boosts immunity, and more. Nursing moms are said to need almost double the amount of non-nursing women, so it’s important to include protein in every meal. With 13g of protein in one serving, our Nourishing Lactation Powder contains 26% of your daily value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet).

Vitamin A

The list of benefits offered by vitamin A include healthy bone growth, good vision, cell division and growth, skin health, immune system support, and more. Breast milk itself is rich in vitamin A, as it is needed by baby for optimal health, growth, and development. Vitamin A passes through breast milk and also reduces infection in infants. Due to its critical role, it is essential for breastfeeding moms to meet their recommended dietary intake of vitamin A of 1200-1300 mcg daily (the exact amount is dependent on age). Majka’s Nourishing Lactation Powder contains 4% of your daily value in one serving.

Vitamin C (As Malpighia emarginita (Acerola) fruit extract)

Vitamin C plays a key role in tissue growth and repair, making it necessary for proper development of a breastfeeding infant. It also plays an important role in the growth of bones, teeth and collagen, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments while also boosting immunity. Vitamin C is water-soluble and passes into breast milk, so it is essential for nursing moms to meet their recommended dietary intake of 120 mg daily. Additionally, our Vitamin C comes from Acerola Cherry (one of the highest sources of food-based Vitamin C) versus Ascorbic acid (a synthetic form of Vitamin C), which a majority of companies use.

Folate

Folate aids in the growth of proper brain and nervous system development. However, 30-40% of women are unable to metabolize the synthetic folate (folic acid) found in many products. Because of this, Majka products use methylfolate, an active form of folate that is easily absorbed and metabolized by the body. Our powder offers 100% of the recommended DV.

Calcium

Calcium is needed by the body to build and maintain strong bones. Your heart, muscles, and nerves rely on calcium to function properly, and it has also been shown to fight against cancer, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Breastfeeding moms have a storage of calcium in their bones, and if they aren’t getting enough, the body will take from this supply in order to nourish their infant. For this reason, it’s recommended for all mothers between the ages of 18-50 to receive 1,000 mg of calcium daily. Our Nourishing Lactation Powder was designed with this in mind, providing 100 mg per serving.

Iron

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 10% of women in the U.S. are iron deficient. Iron is an essential mineral because it helps to transport oxygen throughout the body--if you don’t have enough, your body can’t produce enough red blood cells, resulting in anemia. This can lead to exhaustion, low brain function and poor health of cells, skin, hair, and nails. For pregnant women, iron deficiency can increase the risk of baby being born to early or smaller than normal. Additionally, breastfeeding moms run the risk of developing anemia because their body will take from their stores to provide nourishment for baby. Breastfeeding moms need the same amount of iron that they do during pregnancy, which is 30 mg daily (compared to the 18 mg needed by non-pregnant and breastfeeding women). Our Nourishing Lactation Powder contains 7.2 mg of iron per serving, or 40% of your daily value.

Iodine

A trace element, iodine plays an important role in growth and development of the body. Roughly 60% of iodine found in the body is stored in the thyroid gland, helping it to secrete thyroid hormones that control the base metabolic rate of the body. Iodine is necessary for pregnant women, as it can help to prevent stillbirths or neurocognitive conditions in newborn babies and ensure proper movement and growth of the baby along with the development of speech and hearing abilities. Iodine also passes into breast milk, so it’s crucial for moms to meet their recommended daily intake of 220 mcg while pregnant and 290 mcg while breastfeeding. A nursing mom can lose more than her required dose each day, which is why our Nourishing Lactation Powder contains 362 mcg of iodine (from kelp leaves) per serving.

Magnesium

Magnesium is packed with benefits, as it can help to increase energy levels, calm nerves, help you to fall asleep, promote healthy digestion, relieve muscle aches and pains, promote heart health, and more. Since the body cannot produce magnesium on its own, it has to come from the outside, which means babies have to get it from breast milk. Therefore, it’s recommended that pregnant and breastfeeding women get 20% more magnesium per day than the average person. Our Nourishing Lactation Powder contains 7.4 mg of magnesium per serving, which is 2% of the daily value. Additionally, the magnesium contained in our formula is chelated, which means inorganic minerals have been binded with organic compounds to provide more stability, bioavailability, and better absorption in the body.

Zinc

Zinc is a powerful trace element that increases immunity, balances hormones, fights diabetes, increases fertility, helps with muscle growth and repair, and more. Zinc is necessary for the proper growth and development of your baby, so during lactation, your body has increased zinc requirements in order to keep up with your baby’s needs. The nutrients found in breast milk come from your own stores, so having poor zinc levels going into pregnancy or nursing will put you at risk for deficiency. The recommended dietary allowance for zinc while nursing is 12 mg daily, and our Nourishing Lactation Powder contains 650 mcg of chelated Zinc per serving.

Copper

Copper helps the body to form collagen, absorb iron, improve health of connective tissues, hair, and eyes, produce energy, and more. Copper deficiency can lead to anemia, brittle bones, elevated cholesterol levels, and birth defects. During pregnancy, copper is essential to forming your baby’s heart, blood vessels, and skeletal and nervous systems. Therefore, it’s recommended that pregnant women receive 1 mg per day and breastfeeding women receive 1.3 mg per day. One serving of our Nourishing Lactation Powder contains 13 mcg of chelated copper.

Manganese

Manganese supports bone health, is needed for antioxidant and enzyme function, maintains cognitive function, fights diabetes, balances iron levels, and more. This nutrient plays a big role in maternal health and fetal development, so it’s recommended that pregnant women receive 2 mg daily and breastfeeding women receive 2.6 mg daily. One serving of our Nourishing Lactation Powder contains 80 mcg of chelated manganese.

Chromium

Chromium is a mineral the body needs to maintain healthy blood sugar levels. It’s recommended that adults receive between 25-35 mg of chromium daily, yet nearly 90% of Americans have low-chromium diets. Our Nourishing Lactation Powder contains 17.5 mcg of chelated chromium in one serving.

Sodium

Sodium is an electrolyte that plays an important role in enzyme operations and muscle contraction. Health benefits include improved heart performance, controlled blood pressure, nervous system functionality, and glucose absorption. Our Nourishing Lactation Powder contains 125 mcg of sodium, 5% of the recommended daily value.

Flaxseed

Flaxseed contains phytoestrogens that can influence breast milk production. It’s a high fiber superfood that supports healthy digestion and metabolizes nutrients, increases energy, and boosts collagen production. With just one serving of our Nourishing Lactation Powder, you’ll receive 1g of this superhero ingredient.

Sweet Potato Root

Sweet potatoes are an amazing source of vitamin A, carotenoids, and potassium. Breastfed babies depend on their mother’s intake of vitamin A for growth and development, and one medium-sized sweet potato meets almost the entire recommendation of vitamin A for a nursing mom. One serving of our Majka Nourishing Lactation Powder contains 25 mg of sweet potato root.

L-Methionine

L-Methionine is an essential amino acid used by the body to make proteins and peptides. It can help to reduce risk of Colorectal Cancer, build bone strength, support the liver, and more. Once serving of our Majka Nourishing Lactation Powder contains 25 mg of L-Methionine.

Grape Seed Extract

Grape seed extract is derived from the ground up seeds of red wine grapes. Today, it is used to treat a number of diseases and can help with poor circulation and high cholesterol. High in antioxidants, grape seed extract has also been linked to protecting cells from damage. One serving of our Nourishing Lactation Powder packs a punch with 180 mcg of grape seed extract.

Boron

Boron is a trace mineral that has been proven to increase concentration and brain function, help reverse arthritis, strengthen bones, balance hormones, and promote healthy muscle mass. Because of these benefits, it’s recommended that pregnant women get between 17 and 20 mg daily and breastfeeding women receive 20-25 mg daily. One serving of our Nourishing Lactation Powder contains 20 mcg of boron.

Mixed Carotenoids

Carotenoids act as antioxidants in the body and protect against cellular damage, effects of aging, and some chronic diseases. They have been proven to support eye and cardiovascular health, contain anti-tumor properties, and protect skin, tissue, and cells from environmental toxins and disease. In just one serving, our Nourishing Lactation Powder contains 525 mcg of mixed carotenoids.

Majka Organic Protein Blend

Women who are breastfeeding require nearly twice as much protein as non-pregnant, non-nursing women in order to maximize healthy milk supply. Our organic Majka protein blend incorporates six different vegetarian protein sources (compared to the three sources most blends offer), including organic pea protein, organic hemp seed protein, organic sunflower seed protein, organic quinoa sprout protein, organic pumpkin seed protein, and organic chia seed protein.

Majka Lactation Blend

Ingredients in our natural lactation blend have been used for centuries and are said to counter mineral loss and boost healthy lactation production soon after consumption. Our signature Lactation Blend contains organic ginger root, turmeric root extract, sesame seed, caraway seed, clove flower, fenugreek seed, and fennel seed.

Majka Fruit + Greens Blend

Consuming a variety of fruits and vegetables significantly reduces the likelihood of contracting or developing many diseases, cancers, and more. Our blend is made up of over 25 fruits and veggies to keep you at your healthiest!

Digestive Enzyme Blend

Nutrition is more than simply eating the right foods. Unless properly digested and absorbed, the nutrients you intake don’t do much good. Our plant-based digestive enzymes help break down foods in the digestive system to increase nutrient and protein absorption. These enzymes also prevent inflammation, colic symptoms, and food allergies in infants.

Prebiotic + Probiotic Blend

Unlike many protein powders on the market, Majka’s Nourishing Lactation Powder is easy to digest thanks to the prebiotic and probiotic blend. This blend boosts mother and baby’s immune systems, eliminates toxins, and has anti-inflammatory properties that fight against various diseases.

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