Just when you thought the hard work of pregnancy was over, the reality of the postnatal period hit you. You may find yourself more exhausted than you were prior to giving birth and struggle to get through everyday tasks. However, this shouldn’t be a huge concern for most mothers. In fact, this is a completely normal occurrence that’s not only impacted by the demands of breastfeeding, but also by factors such as blood loss that occurred during birth, wound healing, adaptations made by connective tissues, along with your uterus shrinking down back to its normal size.
During the postnatal period, nutrient repletion is of critical importance. Not only does your body require greater concentrations of certain nutrients to support the growth and development of your baby, but it also relies upon additional vitamins and minerals to accelerate healing and assist your body in both metabolic and physiological changes. While a woman’s diet should always be the #1 source for obtaining these key nutrients, it can be quite hard the first few months post-birth to prioritize eating the right foods and cooking meals, as babies can be quite demanding of your time and energy (as they should be).
Thankfully, Majka managed to create prenatal and postnatal supplements and snacks that merge organic foods with vitamins and minerals in optimal form to ensure that mothers could obtain the exact nutrients their bodies need the most in adequate concentrations during this exciting, yet incredibly demanding, phase of their lives. Here, I’ll review Majka’s products in further detail and provide you with my honest experience using their supplements. You’ll learn everything you need to know about the company’s ingredients and standards and how its products can support your journey into motherhood.
TL;DR: What Is Majka?
- Majka offers supplements and snacks for pregnancy, breastfeeding, and all stages of motherhood
- Majka’s products are sourced from whole food ingredients and many of these foods are organic
- Majka offers 3 types of supplements: Lactation Support, Restore And Replenish, and Bump & Beyond
- While most products are designed for postnatal use, most women can technically use them at any point of their motherhood journey to support prenatal health
- Majka’s products include protein powders, lactation boosters, whole-food snacks, lactation oats, and supplements like magnesium with digestive enzymes
Majka Lactation Supplements And Protein Powders
Majka was created by Lorena Garcia Rodriguez (CEO) and Majo Mansour (COO) to empower women throughout all stages of motherhood through the use of clean, whole-food-derived supplements and snacks. The co-founders realized that there was a major need to support women throughout breastfeeding and the postpartum period and that most health companies don’t provide women in this group with adequate nourishment throughout this time. Thus, they created Majka’s products to fuel new moms and soon-to-be moms that are convenient and nutrient-dense.
Majka currently offers 3 main supplement and snack collections: Nourishing Lactation Support, Restore And Replenish, and Bump & Beyond. The Nourishing Lactation Support collection includes products such as lactation protein powder and boosters as well as lactation snack bites and oats. The Restore and Replenish collection includes replenishing powder and bites along with a postpartum hair recovery powder whereas the Bump & Beyond collection has a magnesium powder and a hydration booster mix.
While Majka is primarily focused on supporting lactation and the postpartum period, women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant may also benefit from the use of its products as each contains essential nutrients for prenatal health.
Majka Review: My Experience
I decided to try out a few products from Majka, so I picked the following 4 products from their top-selling items:
- Replenishing Bites
- Digest & De-stress Magnesium Powder
- Majka Replenishing Powder
- Chocolate Nourishing Lactation Protein Powder
Full disclosure, I was not pregnant or breastfeeding at the time of trying these products out, but thankfully these products can be used to enhance prenatal health during any stage and should not result in any major side effects. However, since the lactation blends in some of the above products contain the use of certain herbs I would suggest consulting with your medical care provider to ensure that these ingredients do not have the potential to interact with medications or other supplements that you may currently take.
I plan on keeping these products on hand for when I eventually become pregnant and nurse, so I will make sure to update this review in the future (hopefully within the next year) to reflect their effects on milk production and postnatal healing accordingly.
Here’s what I thought about each product that I tried…
Majka Replenishing Bites
Majka’s Replenishing Bites was my absolute favorite product to try! These bite-sized snacks contained a mixture of organic oats, organic dates, organic raw cacao nibs, organic MCT oil powder, almond butter, and hydrolyzed bovine collagen along with several organic seeds, grasses, fruit peels, and greens.
Each bag contained 4 servings with each serving (1 bite) containing the following macronutrient profile: 17g carbs (3g fiber, 4g sugar), 10g fat, 5g protein. It appears that this macronutrient profile actually differs from what’s pictured online, as its original label states that it contains 6g of sugar and 9g of fat.
The nut butter, dates, and coconut oil helped blend the grittier ingredients like oats and seeds together very well and this product had a rich, but not overwhelmingly sweet taste. Personally, I loved this ingredient combination and appreciated that Majka included a generous portion of fat in this product to help support energy levels and the higher demand for dietary fats in pregnancy and postpartum.
I was also thankful that this product wasn’t inundated with sugar or sugar alternatives and that it solely relied upon the natural sugar found in dates and cocoa. I have a very high sensitivity to sugar, even when it a product has a well-balanced macronutrient profile, so the Replensihing Bites were a perfect treat for me.
I’d purchase this product again in a heartbeat!
Majka Digest & De-Stress Magnesium Powder
Majka’s Digest & De-Stress Magnesium Powder contains a 350 mg blend of magnesium gluconate, magnesium taurinate, and magnesium citrate, 300 mg of organic blueberry fruit, and a 15 mg digestive enzyme blend containing amylase, cellulase, diastase, invertase, lactase, lipase, protease 1, and protease 2.
This product was designed to support adequate magnesium levels and enhance digestion since many women are deficient in magnesium and also struggle with digestive issues throughout pregnancy and post-birth.
While I’m more familiar with the use of magnesium citrate to relieve constipation, I assume that magnesium gluconate was chosen due to having a higher bioavailability compared to other magnesium salts and that magnesium taurinate was included to support heart health and improve insulin sensitivity.
Thus, my best guess as to why this blend was used is to provide support for systemic health, rather than target one health area specifically, and that the cost of production for this blend was cheaper than using a more bioavailable form, such as magnesium glycinate or magnesium threonate, which are typically much more expensive. However, I will reach out to Majka to inquire more about the use of these 3 forms of magnesium to clarify the main reasons as to why they were used.
Additionally, here’s a breakdown of which digestive enzymes support the digestion of certain macronutrients:
- Carbohydrates: Amylase, Diastase, Invertase, Lactase,
- Fiber: Cellulase
- Fat: Lipase
- Protein: Protease 1 & 2
While I thoroughly enjoyed the light, sweet taste of this product and felt that it helped me maintain better energy throughout the day as well as improve digestion, I would’ve preferred that this product contain only magnesium glycinate over the blend as it’s the most bioavailable form. However, I didn’t experience any noticeable side effects from its use and felt that the product was effective.
Another small criticism I have of this product is that I would’ve liked for Majka to include the units of activity and potency for each digestive enzyme in addition to providing the total concentration of the blend. The Food Chemical Codex (FCC) has established specific units of activity and potency for each digestive enzyme which is a better measurement of effectiveness than weight alone. For example, proteases are measured in HUT (Hemoglobin Unit Tyrosine base), amylase is measured in DU (Alpha-amylase Dextrinizing units), and lactase is measured in LacU (Lactase unit).
Aside from these two critiques, I think plenty of women would benefit from the use of this product and would enjoy the taste compared to standard magnesium supplements.
Majka Replenishing Powder
Majka’s Replenishing Powder contains over 50 different ingredients which include:
- 24 vitamins and minerals
- 13g of hydrolyzed bovine collagen
- Organic herbs and extracts
- Organic greens
- Organic fruits
- 4 probiotic strains
- 7 digestive enzymes
I appreciated that this product contained generous portions of vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6 and B12 along with vitamins A and D, choline, selenium, and iodine as maternal diet influences their concentration in breast milk, and women should ensure that their diet has adequate amounts to support infant growth and development. I also liked this all-in-one approach to nutrition as I feel many moms struggle to make time for themselves throughout the first 6+ months postpartum and need additional support to boost their immune systems, restore hormonal balance, and repair skin.
As much as I value the ingredients used in this product, I, unfortunately, experienced some GI issues which included cramping that occurred within 30 minutes of use and lasted a few hours following. I’m not completely sure which ingredients resulted in this side effect but I’m going to look more into it and try to figure it out.
Despite my side effects, I can say that I definitely noticed improvements in respect to overall energy within 20-30 minutes of use and think that this product is helpful to have on hand as a form of nutrient insurance. This product also has a light sweet aftertaste and its flavor is enhanced easily by combining it with cashew milk.
As soon as I figure out exactly what caused my side effects to this product I’ll make sure to add a note to this section.
Majka Chocolate Nourishing Lactation Protein Powder
Majka’s Lactation Protein Powder is incredibly similar to its Replenishing Powder in that it also contains over 50 ingredients. However, the main differences with this product include the use of a vegan protein blend (organic pea protein, organic brown rice protein, organic chia seed) over collagen and its lactation blend (primarily herbs) instead of the replenishing blend (fruit powder, extracts, other supplements).
This product isn’t sweet like the Replenishing Powder, rather, it has a chalky, chocolate-chai taste that’s very earthy. While I didn’t mind the taste, I think some women would definitely want to mix in some type of sweetener to enhance its flavor or perhaps add this mix into baked goods for additional nutrient support. Personally, I value ingredient quality over taste and prefer natural products like this one that provide essential nutrients and superfoods and don’t try to mask the natural flavor by using artificial sweeteners or copious amounts of added sugar.
Thankfully, I didn’t notice any side effects from the use of this product. I do have to mention that I often used only 1 scoop instead of the intended serving size of 2 scoops due to the thickness of the blend and since I use a daily prenatal vitamin as well. Perhaps that’s what allowed me to digest this product better than the last, but the digestive issues I experienced from the Replenishing Powder may have been from the replenishing blend ingredients or due to a different concentration of organic monk fruit used to sweeten the product as the lactation protein powder also contains other ingredients including cocoa powder and cinnamon bark which suggests that there may be a lower amount of monk fruit used.
As I mentioned earlier in the review, I will eventually update this post to reflect how this product improves milk supply once I begin to nurse.
I thoroughly enjoyed trying out Majka’s supplements and snacks and plan on re-ordering more products from them in the near future, especially once I begin to nurse. Altogether, Majka uses some of the cleanest ingredients available, with many of them being organic, and also prioritizes the use of bioavailable nutrients whenever possible. I believe that many women, especially those who are currently nursing or are struggling with healing during the postpartum period, would benefit from the use of Majka’s products and can have full confidence in the purity of their ingredients. I hope to try out some more products in the near future from Majka and will update this article when the time finally arrives for me to nurse.