Breast Milk DHA+

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Learn how much DHA is in your breast milk and if your genetics might affect the amount of DHA your baby receives.

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Discover more about your role in your baby's nutrition

Good For: Someone who is expecting and planning to breastfeed, or is currently breastfeeding

What to Expect: Your breast milk DHA levels, along with guidance on dietary and lifestyle changes that could affect it

Value: Find ways to make changes that could affect your breast milk

For women who are or will be lactating

Breast Milk DHA+ is designed for women who are currently lactating or who will be lactating within 6 months and want to monitor their breast milk’s overall percentage of DHA, as well as learn what role their genetics may play.

Comprehensive results

Your breast milk sample results will tell you whether your milk’s DHA levels currently fall within healthy ranges for a breastfeeding mother. Your genetic results will tell you if you have a genetic mutation that may affect your DHA levels.

Quick and easy sample collection

All you need to do is place a few drops of your breast milk on a sample collection card, and provide a small saliva sample. Easy-to-follow instructions and sample collection materials are included so that you can provide your samples privately on your own time.

For you and for your child’s growth

Get access to evidence-backed guidance on dietary and lifestyle changes that may affect your DHA levels which, in turn, may influence the DHA levels in your breast milk.

What is DHA?

DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid vital for infant development, and your body’s primary source of DHA is your diet. You acquire this important fat through eating foods like fatty fish, liver, and algae. Because the American diet consists mostly of red meats, eggs, poultry, and other protein sources low in DHA, the DHA levels in American women often fall below the optimal range.1

The DHA levels in your breast milk indicate the amount of DHA your baby receives. Your baby needs enough DHA to develop in a number of areas including their eyes, nervous and immune system, and cognitive abilities.2 Because the brain’s growth plays a major role in the early years of your baby’s development, they require a consistent, optimal intake of DHA for up to two years after they’re born.


Testing DNA and Biomarkers to help you

EverlyWell lets you take control of your health! With a simple at-home sample collection, EverlyWell gives you the power of strong science and the benefits of convenient lab testing. It’s more than test results, though—EverlyWell products also include detailed explanations of what your results mean, and offer insights on how you can take action to improve your wellness.  

The science

The nutritional content of breast milk is largely influenced by the diet of a mother, but genes do play a role. Genetic variants related to DHA levels are involved in the metabolism of omega fatty acids to DHA. Your DNA may identify a predisposition to lower levels, but your diet may make up for this difference.


Genetics can help, but your diet has the biggest impact on DHA levels.


  • This product will not provide any medical information or a diagnosis.
  • Genetic results are based on population-wide studies. What is true at a population level average may not be true at an individual level.
  • Our understanding of how genetics influences DHA levels in breast milk will improve with more research.
  • Individuals should consult a physician or health care professional before making dietary changes or beginning supplementation.

How it works

Because this product includes a biomarker test, EverlyWell will provide a physician to review your health history to ensure it’s right for you. A physician will also review your biomarker results once they’re ready.

No paperwork

Answer a few questions about your health history when placing your order online. It takes just a few minutes.

No additional cost

The review of your health history adds no additional cost to your test, and insurance isn’t required.
Order and provide your health history
Physician reviews your information
Get a DNA kit & breast milk kit sent to you
Provide a saliva sample & a breast milk sample
Get an email when your results are ready

The Helix DNA kit

To capture the information stored in your DNA so it can be used for this product, we need to collect a small, one-time saliva sample from you. This kit has everything you need to provide that sample from the comfort of your own home, and you’ll never have to provide another.

  • A unique Kit ID you’ll use to register your kit

  • Saliva collection tube, cap, and printed instructions

  • A small bag and prepaid box to send your saliva sample to our lab


Yanni Papanikolaou et al., “U.S. adults are not meeting recommended levels for fish and omega-3 fatty acid intake: results of an analysis using observational data from NHANES 2003–2008,” Nutrition Journal 13 (2014):31, doi:10.1186/1475-2891-13-31.
Ricardo Uauy et al.,”Essential fatty acids in visual and brain development,” Lipids 36 (2001): 885, doi:10.1007/s11745-001-0798-1.

About EverlyWell

EverlyWell believes that lab tests shouldn’t be hard to get – or hard to understand. We empower individuals to understand their own physician-reviewed lab tests without a lab visit or an in-person doctor referral, with the goal of improving health and wellness.

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About Helix

Helix empowers everyone to explore what makes them unique—their DNA.

From health and wellness insights to family planning and ancestry information, Helix’s growing list of partners can tap into your genetic profile to provide relevant insights for today, tomorrow and years to come.

Have a question about ordering or sequencing?


  • What genes does this product check?

    This product checks the FADS1 gene, which affects your ability to metabolize DHA and ultimately store it in your body. Your results will contain your personal genetic information and how they may or may not affect your DHA levels.

  • What biomarker does this product check?

    This product checks the DHA levels in your breast milk.

  • What is the difference between genetic testing and biomarker testing?

    Genetic testing tells you how your body may or may not be programmed to function in specific ways, and is done through Helix via next-generation DNA sequencing and only needs to be done once. Biomarker testing will tell you the current biomarker levels in your body and can be done by EverlyWell however many times you’d like. Combining both of these types of insights will empower you to make decisions with as much information as possible.

  • How often should I test my breast milk?

    There is no recommendation for frequency of checking DHA levels in your breast milk. Mothers who test with lower than desired levels may want to check again after making dietary changes or beginning supplementation to see how their levels have changed. Mothers may also wish to re-check if they have made a change in their diet due to other circumstances, like an allergy being discovered in a family member that prevents foods rich in DHA from being prepared in the home. Mothers should consult a physician or healthcare professional before making dietary changes or beginning supplementation.

  • What is the sample collection process for breast milk?

    All you need to do is place a few drops of your breast milk on a sample collection card. Included with your EverlyWell sample collection kit are easy-to-follow instructions and materials to collect your own sample privately on your own time.

  • Can I choose my own physician to approve testing?

    No. When you order Breast Milk DHA+, you answer a few health history questions, and Helix automatically shares your answers with EverlyWell and a licensed physician in your state to make sure the DHA biomarker kit is right for you.

  • Can I use my health insurance benefits to purchase this product?

    Unfortunately, no. This is an at-home test that doesn’t require an office visit, and we cannot currently accept payment from insurance providers.

  • Will someone be available to help me understand my results?

    In the uncommon case that there is an urgent issue with your results, the physician who reviews your results will reach out to you. However, for most cases, your results will be delivered to you online in an already easy-to-understand and intuitive format. If you’d like to share your results with your physician, you can easily do so when viewing your results on the EverlyWell website. We always encourage you to share your results with your physician if you have any specific questions or concerns.

  • Do I have to get sequenced and provide a breast milk sample to use this product?

    Yes. In order to use Breast Milk DHA+, you must provide a breast milk sample using the EverlyWell biomarker kit and a saliva sample using the Helix DNA kit.

  • How does Helix provide my DNA information to EverlyWell? Is it shared with anyone else?

    Your DNA information is stored securely by Helix. When sequencing is complete, Helix only sends the relevant DNA information needed by EverlyWell to generate your results. We do not share your DNA information with anyone without your permission. We always maintain the highest standards when it comes to the security and privacy of your DNA information.

  • How do I learn more about how EverlyWell uses my information?

    You can find learn more in the EverlyWell Privacy PolicyTerms of Service, and Product Consent.

  • How do I view my results?

    EverlyWell will send you an email when your results are ready to be viewed online at

  • How long does it take to get my results?

    Your EverlyWell Breast Milk DHA+ biomarker results will be available in 5 business days or less from the time your breast milk sample arrives at the lab. If you’re already sequenced by Helix, your DNA results will be available at the same time. If you haven’t yet been sequenced by Helix, your DNA results will be available 6-8 weeks after your saliva sample arrives at the lab.