BIRTHFIT Podcast episode 114 Featuring Lorena Garcia of Majka (Nutritional Support for New Moms)

 

 

 

 

A Career Woman and A Mother 

Lorena: [00:00:14] Yes. So my name is Lorena Garcia. I am originally from Mexico City so that’s why you hear a little bit of the accent so I haven’t been able to get rid of it, it’s here to stay. From Mexico City I moved into the states because I wanted to be an investment banker so I wanted to do my MBA here and I did my MBA in finance and international business, but it was just when the financial crisis was going on so it was like 2010 2011. So there was really no financial industry to do so much stuff with. So after that I decided to I stayed in Arizona because like as with any young girl like I all of a sudden got engaged and I was ended up in Phoenix Arizona where there was like there was already a financial crisis. It was a terrible financial crisis. So like that’s when I decided to go the path of like entrepreneurship. I fell in love with everything that had to do with digital, the internet and all of those things. And then I started my own business called bloguettes. So bloguettes is a creative agency. We’ve grown so much through education. We are big education platform for like women entrepreneurs. So that’s a little like my path into bloguettes and then talking about majka which is how I got into motherhood it was because of my experience as a working mom and why I wanted to create this product. But so now, I do I own my creative studio like along side one of my best friends and then I also cofounded majka which is all meant to help new moms.

Lindsey: [00:01:48] Yeah that you’ve been busy.

Lorena: [00:01:51] I’ve been busy, yeah. I love it though.

 

Between Mexico and the United States

Lindsey: [00:01:54] So you were, were you born outside of the United States and then traveled over once you went to the university.

Lorena: [00:02:02] So I was born in Mexico City and then I was always like back and forth from the states. My parents were very good about like us experiencing the world so I did boarding school in other parts of the world and different things. But I originally came here to receive like a full time my finance education which did not.

Lindsey: [00:02:19] Yeah. What made you choose finance?

[00:02:22] I don’t know I like when you’re like a younger person I feel like especially me I come from a very close family you very influenced by what you think you want your parents to be or what your parents want you to be. So I always thought that my dad had that idea for me so I think like at some point I even believed that that’s what I really wanted to do because I thought that that’s what he really wanted me to do. But I started doing some of the work. I mean I like math I like numbers and that has helped me significantly with with business but like, it didn’t fulfill me, it didn’t made me feel happy and I think like at some point in my life and I think it happens to all of us when you’re like I wanted my life to have purpose and I wasn’t finding purpose in the finance world. You know I wasn’t finding purpose in that and I, that’s when I like decided to try things. I was young enough where I could risk it.

Lindsey: [00:03:10] Yeah.

Lorena: [00:03:11] I found where my passions lie which is amazing.

 

Transitions…

Lindsey: [00:03:15] Yeah. So tell, tell us a little bit about that transition because many women that are part of birthfit and follow us they’re entrepreneurs theirselves. And you know sometimes that can be a bit scary leaving probably a job that you know or a job or skill or trade that you like OK I know this is what I have but I want to take this risk because I’m passionate about something else.

Lorena: [00:03:41] Oh my god I feel like that is such a huge thing because like I know for me from my perspective I feel like I was like disappointing someone else you know which is crazy. You know, the people that love you love you anyway. But I felt like it was kind of like there’s a point where like I still remember when I fought my dad has been always so supportive with me. I remember when I told him and I was like I want to go into Internet businesses and like my first web site I want to create a Web site. And I remember his face. His jaw dropped. He didn’t even know what to say. He was like ohhhh OK. Well she was a oh so so so OK he was shocked. You know so like the thing is that I feel like at some point you just have to realize that you have to do what feels right for you because in the end what I like what really got me thinking is that my dad even as shocked as he was, he was like you don’t do what you want you’re the only one that’s going to have to deal with the consequences of those decisions.

Lindsey: [00:04:36] That’s powerful.

Lorena: [00:04:37] I know. And there’s no worse feeling in the world than the what it was like you don’t want to be all of a sudden 50 years old and thinking about all the what ifs in your life because you are the only one so stop trying to please everyone and do what, do what you want. You know so I feel like I was having someone that you respect so much and love so much tell you that I feel like that gives you the courage that you need to actually go do what you want.

Lindsey: [00:05:03] Totally it gives you a little ok like somebody somebody has my back. Somebody believes in me.

Lorena: [00:05:08] Yes someone that you love and that all of those things so I was it was very empowering for him to say that and then that’s when I decided to pursue my career and do what I love. And I feel like I was at a dinner the other day and someone was saying that it sucks to like go to work every morning and I was like it really doesn’t suck when you do what you love to do.

Lindsey: [00:05:29] Yeah.

Lorena: [00:05:31] It’s life changing.

Lindsey: [00:05:32] Yeah. So when you transitioned you didn’t have any kids at this point did you?

Lorena: [00:05:39] No.

Lindsey: [00:05:40] No. So how was how was the first two years of you know owning your own business?

Lorena: [00:05:47] It wasn’t it was really great like we were able to thrive and I think like a big part of it was because I didn’t have any like I had my husband which like he’s very hardworking, he has his own business and we were both very driven so we were like in this path you know so like it was it was good that we were traveling like I was doing so much and I really didn’t have anyone else to like, if there was nothing for dinner at the house I could have protein bar you know like there’s nothing to and that was fine, you know, like if someone didn’t clean the kitchen. But I feel like definitely like bringing Diego into the world. That’s when I realized a lot of things and that’s like when my world really turned upside down and just it changed everything.

 

Sex leads to pregnancy, right?

Lindsey: [00:06:28] Right, kiddos do. So a little bit, let’s talk a little bit about like pregnancy, postpartum stuff like that. Did y’all plan on having a baby or do it happen like oops. Now we opened a business and we have this baby on the way. Like how did that pan out?

Lorena: [00:06:51] No, I feel like we were ready like we just let it happen. But I feel like this is what I’m so passionate about health. So I’ll share a little bit of my personal, so at the point where we decided that we were ready. I was honestly under the impression that getting pregnant was something that just happened you know, like it was so obvious to me that I was like yeah I’m going to decide when I when I want to get pregnant and just happen it’s just one thing that you need to do to get pregnant, you know.

Lindsey: [00:07:16] Just have sex.

Lorena: [00:07:17] Yes, and then you’re pregnant. So it was like it just sounded like obvious you know so like I have a big personality, I’m a big planner, but I never put planning into that we just said like ok it’s time to get pregnant. I was like OK. And it didn’t happen for a couple of months and then it happened. So we were very excited and with everything and then it happened and I had a miscarriage so like a miscarriage just like almost twelve weeks.

Lindsey: [00:07:43] I’m sorry.

Lorena: [00:07:45] Yeah, you know it was devastating.

Lindsey: [00:07:48] Yeah.

Lorena: [00:07:48] You also think that, I also thought and I think a lot of girls and a lot of moms we think like that with the first one that it’s just something like I said you get pregnant easily just get pregnant and have a baby but I did not understand all the things that went into having a baby, I didn’t understand that your body needed to be at a certain point of health to be able to have a baby like all of those things and it’s really not a lot of education that goes around it so like I lost this first baby and then the doctor. I remember my traditional doctor like just my medical doctor was like this just happens because I wanted an explanation. You know and she was like.

Lindsey: [00:08:21] You want to know why.

 

Miscarriage…Why?

Lorena: [00:08:23] I know it just happens and it’s normal. And I was like this just doesn’t feel normal to me like it’s is not a thing. She was like try again like give it a little bit of time and then you’ll be able to get pregnant so it happened. We get pregnant again and I lost the baby again. You know, so it was like I just wasn’t willing to keep going through them but I feel like it’s part again like education where I wasn’t aware of like that I could empower myself to know like what I needed to get my body ready to get pregnant so my traditional doctor was like we wait until three miscarriages to test. And I was like I’m not willing to wait.

Lindsey: [00:08:59] Right. Isn’t that like we talk about that in our seminars like OB GYNs wait three months and you’ve gone through this heartbreak three times.

Lorena: [00:09:09] I know.

Lindsey: [00:09:09] Like what?

Lorena: [00:09:11] Like why? It felt like such a cold approach to me and such a like you can’t tell me that it’s just because like it was meant to happen.

Lindsey: [00:09:21] Yeah.

Lorena: [00:09:21] I need to prevent this you know I need solution. So that’s when I took it into my kind of like my own hands and I went to like a fertility specialist. I explained what happened. They did end up doing some testing and I ended up having MTHFR which is very common with people. But I was extremely folic acid deficiency, deficient so I was unable to carry a baby anyway so I wouldn’t have taken my health into my own hands. I would’ve continued to.

Lindsey: [00:09:49] Miscarry

Lorena: [00:09:49] So that was a little bit of like bad. And then after I took care of my health I learned a little bit more I learned about the MTHFR we got pregnant with Diego my son and everything was so much better but it could have been saved us a lot of pain I think if I would’ve been aware of what was out there.

Lindsey: [00:10:07] Yeah I, I want to thank you for sharing that because so many women go through very similar like a very similar paths as you just mentioned. And they don’t understand that yes you can go a different route and you know take your health into your own hands and say Hey I would like to get tested for an MTHFR gene variation mutation like especially if it if miscarriages run in your family or if you know your mom had some or anything like that you know. But yeah I feel for you. I’m so sorry you had to go through that.

Lorena: [00:10:45] Oh no that’s I learned so much and I feel like I learned so much about my health and I learned so much about it was a terrible experience but it was an empowering experience. I wish all moms out there. That’s why like when I saw you guys and when I hear like it’s just education is needed you know.

Lindsey: [00:11:03] So needed.

Lorena: [00:11:04] For you as a mom to feel power to make decisions. If not you fall, you rely on other people and that is not fair.

Lindsey: [00:11:09] Yeah yeah. Then your health is in somebody else’s hands rather than you know in yours. And the ones you trust.

Lorena: [00:11:18] I completely agree.

 

Pregnancy, Birth, & Immediate Postpartum

Lorena: [00:11:27] I feel like a little bit of the pregnancy with Deigo was pretty good. Like I think they were scared I was gonna miscarry so I was on like some like progesterone and like some form of things so like that was the beginning but other than a little bit of like throwing up here and there like nothing happened. But the pregnancy was good. Delivery like I was he was induced. He was fine like everything went great. But then being a mom happened and then there’s the shock you know that was a huge shock because again I felt completely powerless and unprepared. I had no idea, like I still remember when we were at the hospital here in Phoenix and they were like OK like you’re ready to go home. And I was like uh what?

Lindsey: [00:12:09] Aren’t you coming with me?

Lorena: [00:12:09] Yeah, I’m like what? No. Like I told my husband like I’m stay one more night and he’s no like just go home. I just don’t want to like isn’t it so crazy like I remember trying to put Diego’s first onesie. And I just everything seems so obvious to me right? I was like you put a onesie on one arm and I try dressing him and I’m like this is not easy.

Lindsey: [00:12:32] Yeah.

Lorena: [00:12:34] I can’t dress him. So like I feel like because of the world that I was in which is very social media related because of work and like what I did and what I do in agency work like I had the expectation that because a lot of moms and us moms put the easy things of motherhood and social media you know so like.

Lindsey: [00:12:51] Yeah.

Lorena: [00:12:52] I came out with a really wrong expectation I would see all these people that I followed that they were already like wearing their make up they were already dressed up. So I thought that I was that it was just going to be like easy you know like I didn’t educate myself and to like what it could be like what I needed to prepare, how I would feel. I didn’t have the expectation that I would feel like I was run by a truck.

Lindsey: [00:13:14] Yeah.

Lorena: [00:13:15] I literally felt like I was run by a truck. I’m like is this normal and like how are these other people like already doing all these things and I’m not. So I feel like the first months were very like of self-doubt. They were full of a lot of like I would say even shame a little bit because I was scared to tell people that I was thriving and it wasn’t that I wasn’t like loving my son, I love being a mom. But I was having a difficult time like it wasn’t easy physically I was feeling completely exhausted and yet I wanted to feel this like super hero role of a mom. That is very applauded I feel here in the States so I went back to work two weeks later which was a stupid idea.

Lindsey: [00:13:58] Oh my gosh.

Lorena: [00:14:00] You know?

 

 

When your family is still in Mexico…

Lorena: [00:14:05] Yes they’re in Mexico. They come here all the time to visit so they were here when my son was born. But yeah they’re still in Mexico so the support system wasn’t necessarily as strong as it would have been if I was back home.

Lindsey: [00:14:17] Right. Yeah. And I don’t know. Well let me. The support system is huge. Yeah. And to have that in a different location and maybe to I bet you’re wondering about. OK. Like especially once the family left OK what do I do now. Who’s going to feed me. Who’s going to help out with the chores. Things like that.

Lorena: [00:14:38] What’s going on?

Lindsey: [00:14:39] Yeah Yeah. Oh my gosh. But how does if you could compare a little bit and I don’t know if your experience or what you’ve observed growing up how does the postpartum care in Mexico differ from maybe what was expected or received in the United States.

Lorena: [00:14:58] Completely different and it was kind shocking to me because back home like I’m not every culture has their goods and bads, you know like especially here. I’ve noticed and this is something that we really want to bring light to even with majka it’s I feel like in Mexico the mom like it’s still considered like we need to take care of like the mom people bring you food because in the end if the mom is not great the baby is not going to thrive. You know? So there is a completely different postpartum experience in which the family is very involved. Like your mom will take care of you. You have other family members that are bringing you things like the Mexican culture it’s all about cooking so there’s a lot of soups being brough in like there’s a lot of like there’s a lot of like also like people telling you like hey go take a nap.

Lindsey: [00:15:42] Yeah.

Lorena: [00:15:43] You know? Like, it’s ok to take a nap, we’ll take care of the baby like let us and I feel like here in the states like and I fell into that when I had him and if I had a second experience if I have another baby I would never do that but I just fell into the trap where I feel like here in the United States it’s all about bouncing back and I feel like it’s applauded if like instead of people telling you like you know you’re crazy like you shouldn’t go back to work. They’re telling you like Yay you’re awesome you went back to work and that just makes you feel like you can’t. It makes you feel even more powerless because that’s what people are encouraging you to do. Yet there comes to a point where you’re so tired that if you can’t fulfill those things you’re just setting yourself up for failure. So it was really eye opening for me like the difference between like here and at some point like you’re going through so much hormones that I’m sure you maybe you went through it like your mom said go with your birthfit but I was literally waiting for permission for people to tell me like it’s ok to take a nap.

Lindsey: [00:16:41] Yeah I’m so glad you just said that, the giving people permission to be okay with where they’re at to be exhausted to be tired to go lay down to like not show up to work at two weeks or the gym at two weeks. Oh my god that’s so so important you just said that.

Lorena: [00:16:59] I wanted that reassurance you know. And I wanted like my poor husband had no idea and he’s a first time dad so he didn’t know what to expect we didn’t even to prepare ourselves like I know we should have. And like I remember I was waiting for him to say like you know what. Like just go take a nap. But he didn’t think about it, you know? So I would just be like I wanted like someone to just tell me like. It’s OK. It’s ok to feel awful like it’s OK to go take a nap like you don’t need to change every diaper. You don’t need to like clean the pump 80 times because you’re the only one who knows how to clean it well and you know and I feel like that part is just like very and to the United States that there’s not a culture in which like it is you know like there’s a lot of care within the prenatal stage where it’s like what are you eating like make sure you take all of these things right like the baby comes out and it’s like it’s all about the baby and it’s not that I’m selfish that I don’t want everything to be about the baby.

Lindsey: [00:18:01] No, you’re Exactly Right. Yeah.

Lorena: [00:18:02] And you need to be taking care of the mom.

Lindsey: [00:18:04] Right. Because if the moms not taken care of like you said then the baby won’t thrive.

Lorena: [00:18:09] Exactly.

Lindsey: [00:18:10] And that took me a long time to realize and I think that yeah, like if I was a new mom or if I could tell a new mom that is like you don’t need permission to take care of yourself because in the end like you’re being guilty if you don’t take care of yourself that that’s how I to start thinking about it to stop feeling that guilt of like going to like actually taking some time to prepare some breakfast or actually taking some time just to be like them no like the guilt should come from me not taking care of myself. Because if not i turn into a person that I don’t want to be.

Lindsey: [00:18:43] Right.

Lorena: [00:18:45] I don’t like that person, I don’t want them to come out again.

Lindsey: [00:18:47] Yeah self care is not selfish it’s you know you’re making the best version of yourself to show up as a mom or wife or a business owner whatever role you play.

Lorena: [00:18:59] I completely agree but I feel like there’s not enough awareness of that.

Lindsey: [00:19:06] No, not at all.

Lorena: [00:19:07] There’s not awareness. I’m like there’s not like and I feel also like maybe because of where my line of work has been. But I feel like also like I was mentioning social media world that you know I feel like it needs to be a little bit more real and a more accurate representation of like what motherhood is.

Lindsey: [00:19:27] Totally. Yeah. Since you’re in that world. And for us we’re just focused on you know our little sliver of the pie of that world and the birthfit. But you know for somebody like you who kind of observes like the bird’s eye view what do you see are the biggest misconceptions about motherhood on the on social media?

Lorena: [00:19:50] Oh god, like. I feel like the first one is that motherhood should always be happiness. And there’s like there’s just this like abberation of like this fear to sharing the struggles you know like I was starting to do it and I feel like it’s becoming a little bit more real but I still think that there’s there’s this fear of like letting people know that it’s not that you are not okay. You know, so I feel like the biggest misconception is that a that A) that it’s easy that you can kind of take everything on your own and I feel like that’s what a lot of us think as new moms. But I feel like that’s a huge role like the influence that social media plays on that as well. You know if you dont know how to it I feel like if you have sisters or like a big family like you can actually see things but you don’t necessarily have a lot of opportunity to see that and all of a sudden you become a new mom. You kind of like reference yourself to the things that you would see on the platforms that you spend the most.

Lindsey: [00:20:48] Right. Right. That’s a good one.

Lorena: [00:20:52] It’s not as easy as it seems.

 

We’d Like to See More Real Life

Lindsey: [00:20:53] Yeah. Yeah. What would you like to see more of? And I know you kind of touched on this a little bit but like the realness and the emotions.

Lorena: [00:21:02] I’d like to see more acceptance you know like more acceptance things like the fact that there is a lot of exhaustion like also more acceptance that there is motherhood is amazing and is probably one of the best things that we’ll do in our lives. But there’s also it’s OK not to like some things about motherhood and that’s ok. Like why does it have to make you a bad person. You know if like the, it’s ok that you don’t like some parts of it like maybe you thrive on others that you aren’t particularly enjoy other parts of motherhood. You know so like I would love to see way more acceptance into the fact that there is amazing parts there’s not such amazing parts. And like all of them come together to make your motherhood experience and all of them are as good because they’ll make you the person that you are but like more acceptance is what I would love to see and more support.

Lindsey: [00:21:52] Those are great.

Lorena: [00:21:53] I would love for other moms to be like be like you’ve got this you know like if you need anything let me know this is how I can help you know like now social media has become a way for people like a medium for people to connect. People are always messaging each other for like partnerships and work things like why couldn’t we all moms like be messaging each other to see how we can help each other.

Lindsey: [00:22:14] Right.

Lorena: [00:22:15] So I feel like that’s a little bit of like what I would love to see like on the motherhood space especially on social media.

 

Majka Products and the BIRTHFIT Summit

Lindsey: [00:22:23] That’s great. I love that. Yeah. Let’s shift gears and talk about majka.

Lorena: [00:22:30] Yes.

Lindsey: [00:22:31] So we had this product the bites at the summit and they were so yummy. But yeah tell everybody about the bites and the powder and what’s going on.

Lorena: [00:22:42] So a little bit about majka so like again my background comes in like branding and digital marketing and all that stuff. But continuing on this story that I was telling on the beginning like I came back to work like I felt this anxiety to come back to work because again I thought I was expected I thought I oh this thing. So I came back to work and I was like doing speaking engagements because we do a lot of that for bloguettes, I was doing workshops I was doing like all of these things like just nonstop. And then I also realized that I was going through a couple of different issues right. So one I was not producing enough milk and there is this huge pressure applied just which is Yurman. So I was putting all of that on me. I had my work. I had the fact that I knew I needed to be healthy. So all these things went through my mind while feeling like emotionally depleted and energy and all of those things so I started thinking about it probably by month three I started losing all my hair like my hair would just fall like like in the shower like I remember just like this terrible thing. And again I went to the doctor and she was like it’s normal. I was like this is not normal and she’s like every mom like loses hair. It’s OK. I’m like I get it but like how I’m losing hair, it’s just not normal like I’m clogging the shower you know. So I again I took it into my own hands. I went to a functional Doctor and like, they’re like yeah your thyroid is terrible. You know like you’re like you’re Hashimoto’s completely like here. Yeah we need to get this under control. Right, so like started getting that under control and I realized that a big challenge for new moms because that was a challenge for me was nutrition and nutrition in a way that yes it’s amazing to think that you can make all these recipes and that you can go grocery shopping and that you can make all of this nurturing recipes for your body which is exactly what your body needs. But if you don’t necessarily have that support system around you that it becomes a little bit or a lot complicated, you know? You’re tyring to do so many things especially for a lot of us moms that don’t just have the role of moms and like the home but we also work and that we also try to do all these things so like that’s when like I was like I need to, I started looking for products so I started looking for products and to like like I am a big shake drinker like because it’s an easy way for you to get your nutrients it’s an easy way to like just nourish your body in an easy way so it’s like there’s not a nourishing powder that is meant for us like why. Again I was a little bit upset at that time I’m like why isn’t anyone paying attention to us like why isn’t anyone like paying attention to the needs that I had. you know, like here I was trying to be healthy. I was taking no joke at some point like ten to twelve pills a day to try to produce milk like I was like This is not what. And then I was obsessive which I think was probably part of like the new mother thing that I would go to like Whole Foods or like healthy grocery stores and turn the bottles of protein powder and examine every single one of the ingredients. I would be like ugh, do I want to see my kid like I would read and he was like this is not good for breastfeeding. So I ended up. So in the end they ended up realizing that a lot of moms like like me. We were tired, we were defeated and we did not have enough time to necessarily build in those nourishing meals that our body needed. So I decided that I was going to change that I was going to create a brand that would provide clean effective nutrition for new moms. I did not at that point like yes like every stage of my life. Like every women’s stage needs different things but I just really wanted to focus on this stage. And as with every entrepreneur like I was like I talked again to my dad my dad keeps coming out he’s a character and I’m like, I’m gonna create this powder and he’s like are you crazy? And I was like No I’m going to create it and it’s going to come to market in three to four months. Right I was very hopeful and he’s like OK. But no it took a year and a half. But like on a mission of like yeah like doing research talking to like nutritionists all over to like just understanding what it could be like good whole food nutrition that we could put it into like an easy way for these women to drink and not just to help them feel full but to help them nourish and replenish their bodies after they had gone through that and address the needs that I was facing which was like energy like time like nutrition like lactation support. So that’s really the idea of like our powder came and then the bites that you tried are just a complement which are like lactation bites. But that is like the essence of majka and I feel like I’m talking a lot so if you want to interrupt.

Lindsey: [00:27:25] No, Keep going.

Lorena: [00:27:27] So like we created that we started with the brand but I wanted to create something that wasn’t just products you know like our products are a representation of what we stand for. I really love our Brand we’re very new. We’re just three months old and we want our brand to come in and make an impact not just with the quality of our products but with our mission. We want to spread awareness that self care is not optional like me want like our whole mission is to empower women to take care of themselves so they can better take care of others. You know and it starts with you. I also know that wellness is a combination of factors. It’s not just nutrition that’s going to make you feel well. It’s a combination of factors. But we specifically chose to help with that. But we want to bring awareness to the rest of the eco system that could make you feel better. Our strength is we want to fulfill that need of nutrition which in my opinion made a huge impact in my own personal story and that is when you start feeling better taking care of yourself. That’s just the snowball of life right decisions that takes you into a better path of health. So that’s that’s how we got started on that. So the idea initially came to be just because just because of need.

Lindsey: [00:28:41] Yeah. That’s pretty brilliant though because we get asked all the time hey what protein powder do you recommend for postpartum moms. And it’s like well you know this at that time I’m like hey read the labels like just know the ingredients let’s start there. But could you share a little bit about the ingredients and what’s actually in the powder that makes it unique for postpartum mamas like you said. To help support them. Yeah.

Lorena: [00:29:15] A bunch of things.

Lindsey: [00:29:16] Yeah.

Lorena: [00:29:17] It’s basically like it’s a vegan protein blend which was important for me because like that was just like we wanted that. So like I wanted a protein blend could bring a complete amino acid. So we came up with a vegan blend. So there is a vegan blend of protein there is I think 14 grams of protein 13 grams of protein.

Lindsey: [00:29:33] That’s pretty good.

Lorena: [00:29:33] In our powder so it’s pretty good. It’s also like we just didn’t just want to address the protein. So we knew that a lot of moms are specifically deficient in minerals for example so like all of our formula has a lot of chelated minerals like zinc magnesium copper that are the like for the postpartum recovery. We also have like me having MTHFR I was pretty aware of like the needs of like folate and B vitamins on the powders so we have folic acid in our powder 100 percent of the daily value. It was also important for me to include all that part of like hormone balancing so we have a lot of the vitamins that are part of the party are all coming from flaxseed and like other ingredients like not necessarily other ingredients. And then we also have a vegetable blend that we have a food blend that it’s part of the powders so it’s very nutrient dense and complete antioxidants and then very importantly it also has a lactation blend so like our lactation support planning foods like ginger turmeric fennel and other herbs that are known to be supported for lactation but that also like. And this is important if you don’t decide to breastfeed or if you don’t decide like you’re still going through a depleted state. You know so we this herbs. It’s so funny because people ask this all the time like if I drink the powder am I going to lactate and I’m like no, do you lactate when you eat Curry. No. You’re not gonna lactate. You know like it’s all about like all those herbs are just amazing like anti inflammatory.

Lindsey: [00:31:08] Yeah they would benefit anybody.

Lorena: [00:31:10] Anybody, you know. So that’s part of like again like our lactation blend so we are really trying to address the fact that at least like if you have one meal a day we can give you the basic nutrition that your body needs at that point. And I am a firm believer that if you start your day with a good nutritious breakfast and shake you that lead you to a good decision in lunch and that will give you the decision in dinner when you continue to care of your body so and then also like very importantly with the shake like I didn’t want it to we didn’t want it to be very thick on your body you know how like sometimes you take a protein shake. I didn’t want that like we have a pretty strong blend of digestive enzymes which is very beneficial for moms and a pretty good strain of probiotics in there as well.

Lindsey: [00:31:54] Yeah I noticed that, that was great.

Lorena: [00:31:55] We don’t want you we don’t want new moms to be concerned about taking the twenty pill that I was taking and then taking your post-natal. And you know what’s crazy. Sometimes even doctors don’t even like enforce women to take a postnatal.

Lindsey: [00:32:12] No. Yeah. I don’t think you know in their defense. I don’t think they’re taught to you know or taught to like care for the mom on the postpartum side of things like they did their job. They got baby out all is well. OK. We’ll see you at the six week checkup. You know?

Lorena: [00:32:32] Yeah, that was crazy to me, like I remember like she was and my doctors is the nicest doctor but like I had to be induced so it was like a pretty fast right because he was making it almost 42 weeks. So like I remember she was like this probably too graphic, she was like stitching me back up like everything.

Lindsey: [00:32:51] Yeah.

Lorena: [00:32:52] Everybody was with the baby so I was talking to her and I was like so like I’ll see you like when. And she was like oh yeah six weeks and I was like Yeah I’m like how like no.

Lindsey: [00:33:05] I wanna see you tomorrow.

Lorena: [00:33:07] Yeah, can I see you tomorrow like how is this, this doesn’t feel like it’s going to be easy heal. Like, how? No, you’ll be perfect. Like…

Lindsey: [00:33:19] Oh ok. I’ll trust you.

Lorena: [00:33:24] I completely agree but like that, that’s a whole essence of like why we started and we just really hopeful that we can continue to expand our product line to like just addressing those.

Lindsey: [00:33:33] For sure.

Lorena: [00:33:34] Needs for new moms and just like different stages during the post-partum period. Because I do feel and you’re an expert on this so I do feel like there’s also a big misunderstanding that the postpartum is just probably the just the 40 days after you have a baby and I think that’s extremely important that’s a crucial point but I think like it’s a whole year that takes your body.

Lindsey: [00:33:53] For sure. yeah. 

Lorena: [00:33:57] You know so like we just really want to be able to support moms through that whole year and just continue to help with the different needs that arise.

Lindsey: [00:34:06] If we could get our society here in America thinking that the first year after baby is recovery rejuvenation you know nourishment. Well like I think it would shift maybe the whole energy of America. I think that would go a long way.

Lorena: [00:34:27] I agree. And I think that we could also change our own mindset as women that isn’t it great like we all say like I cannot wait go back. We’re never going back. Like a rock in the head at some point where im like I’m never going back.

Lindsey: [00:34:42] Right.

Lorena: [00:34:43] Moving forward. You know it’s like just transitioning that into like how can we better support each other to continue moving forward and embracing like the new stage of life and embracing who we’re becoming and the changes that are happening to our body I think that would be in itself also like a very empowering thing for us to understand.

Lindsey: [00:35:00] For sure, for sure. So what are these little bites that we got to sample at the summit. Can you tell us? Yeah.

Lorena: [00:35:10] Yes, well the bites too like it came from like everything comes from like a need, and I think that’s a story with every entrepreneur. I remember it too and this is like a funny story like I hope my mom doesn’t listen to this. So my mom, Mexican mom loves to cook loves to take care of me like. And she is showing up at like my house and she’s bringing in this like, everybody wanted me to produce milk right, like it was all about the milk. It was not about anything else it was just all about producing enough milk. I remember mom would bring like this like things that she wanted me to eat like this huge bowls of oatmeal and like like fats like all of this thing that was like like I feel the pressure to like to produce milk so I wanted to eat it, but also at the same time like I was ready to like fit into my clothes as well. So I was like when I eat I don’t want to necessarily have to eat a thousand or 2000 calories on this little bowl that she, tastes amazing that you made.

Lindsey: [00:36:06] Right.

Lorena: [00:36:07] To produce milk. Like I knew there was other ways. And I tried other cookies and I tried other brands but it was the same thing I was very picky about the ingredients and I was very picky about the things but also very picky about the taste.

Lindsey: [00:36:20] Yeah, you want it to taste good.

Lorena: [00:36:22] Exactly. So like my hope on their like. One day she made this recipe and she is middle eastern so she included some Middle Eastern herbs that weren’t included in like that products that we were seeing here in the States so like I tried them and one bite, one bite of the ones that you saw which is there’s little made way more positive effect than the gigantic bowl of oatmeal and sugar that I was taking. You know? But like, that’s where the story of the bites came from. So we’re like let’s just get our brand started with products that address lactation and one of them it’s like let’s address a need of like getting the full nutrition which is the powder. And let’s address the fact that moms are on the go. Sometimes it’s difficult to get a snack that’s beneficial for them for the babies and that they can share with their kids. So we perfected the recipe a little bit and then we created our lactation bites which are extremely effective for what they’re meant to be like. They’re a great snack. They do produce milk if you’re breastfeeding but also like if you’re out on the go and you want something you can trust and that if you have a little bit of like older kids or toddlers you can share a bite with them and they’ll love it. So that’s where our bites come from.

Lindsey: [00:37:31] They’re awesome and they taste so good, like you said.

Lorena: [00:37:34] They taste so good, right?

Lindsey: [00:37:34] Yeah, yeah. Good thing. So where does the name come from, majka?

Lorena: [00:37:39] Majka like and a lot of like this has been a thing so like it’s actually like we say majka and that’s how we want to pronounce it but it actually comes from the word majka which is spelled the same way which is Serbian and it means mother.

Lindsey: [00:37:56] I love that.

Lorena: [00:37:56] It means Mother and it’s like I just we’re just really we really want to represent and we want to reppresent like the beautifulness in motherhood the amazingness in motherhood but lie just being able to like again support these new moms with easy effective products that they can use. But yeah the whole brand goes around around that.

Lindsey: [00:38:16] Awesome. Do y’all have any plans for the immediate future with new products or where you’re going to sample products or anything.

Lorena: [00:38:24] I’m so excited we’re in development for some new products so like one of them. They’ll kill me if I say much but like a new presentation for lactation that people have never seen before. So we’re working on actually making lactation support accessible to like bring it in your purse like you bring our bites without having to eat them. So we’re working on some lactation sticks that will allow you to turn a dressing your water a latte everything that you want into anti inflammatory and lactation promoting things. So that’s coming up and then we’re really working on our second line which is like the restore and rebuild. So now that you’re done breastfeeding we want you to feel even better than you felt before you got pregnant. And with that moving forward. So we’re building the resore and replenish to support moms that are done with breastfeeding and are ready to move into the next stage of their lives. And a big mission for the brand that I have is that I would love for us to not just be able to provide support in terms of products but I want to be able to at some point like as our brand grows so actually have physical locations where moms can come in and just feel like they’re in like a beautiful space and are welcome and grab nourishing items that they can either eat there or take home and then at some point even get like potentially nutritional support.

Lindsey: [00:39:43] Right. No that sounds that sounds amazing.

Lorena: [00:39:47] Big big dream.

Lindsey: [00:39:48] Yeah. You got to. Why not?

Lorena: [00:39:53] Well I know, right? You dream big and you just work hard so it happens.

Lindsey: [00:39:56] Right. And when you were saying this I was thinking of like our regional directors that are around the U.S. like. Many of them are like chiropractors or physical therapists or coaches so they could already put some of this stuff in their locations. Yeah. I hope they’re listening.

Lorena: [00:40:15] And it’s all about I think all of us working together you know for all of you guys that are listening that are part of like this motherhood community of providers. I was lucky to attend yesterday an event with I’m going to destroy his last name so I’m not gonna say it. But it’s doctor Oscar and he just wrote a book that’s called the postnatal depletion.

Lindsey: [00:40:32] Oh yes. I know who you’re talking about it.

Lorena: [00:40:37] I attended an event, he came to Phoenix yesterday and it was just all about the talk about like how we all in this like words in this motherhood like birthfit like a chiropractors like nutrition like all of the profession that go around and like we help moms like in one thing but like helping them with everything just uniting all of us to be able to provide better care for the moms. And being able to provide a better space for all of us can thrive and where moms can thrive and where we can make motherhood an even better experience than it is right now.

Lindsey: [00:41:12] Oh for sure. I love that. Yeah because we’re we’re not going to make change individually like we have to all support each other get together and make that wave like that movement forward in the forward direction.

Lorena: [00:41:28] We all know what’s needed we just need to continue the conversation you know be able to continue that conversation. And I know that also like maybe I don’t know but I feel like especially here in the States like i feel like for our generation right not that it’s too late. There’s a lot that we can do. But I think like also empowering like younger generations of like women amd men to understand the value of motherhood and try to like go back to thousands of years the way it was extremely valuable and I was just showcasing show showing these young generation like what it should be and really bringing change to that.

Lindsey: [00:42:06] Yeah for sure. That’s so good.

Lorena: [00:42:10] I’m excited.

Lindsey: [00:42:11] Yeah I’m really glad I got the chance to chat with you and meet you face to face.

Lorena: [00:42:17] Oh my god, thank you.

Lindsey: [00:42:18] Yeah. Where Can people find your products at? Like what’s Your website, Social media stuff like that.

Lorena: [00:42:24] Yes. So like you can find us at lovemajka.com So the word love and then m-a-j-k-a.com. So lovemajka. You can find our products all over the United States that we have people that order 20 boxes of bites at a time. So like you can order as many as you want and then on social media you can find us at love majka, we love to hear from people like whether you are youre a new mom and you want to share your experience. We would love to hear it whether you are in the field and you want to share your expertise with our audience we would love to hear from you as well. And then if people want to try our product they can use use that code birthfit.

Lindsey: [00:43:01] Oh nice

Lorena: [00:43:02] And get a 30 percent off on their sale.

Lindsey: [00:43:07] That is amazing.

Lorena: [00:43:10] Yay.

Lindsey: [00:43:10] And We’ll have y’all back at the summit next year.

Lorena: [00:43:13] Yes we would love to be apart of any of your events and like I said like we’re just we’re just in a mission for positive change. So if we can add ourselves and get ourselves aligned with others like birthfit and make positive change. We’re all about.

Lindsey: [00:43:26] Oh this is amazing. Yeah. I love I love y’all now, like this product is amazing. Yeah. And you’re coming from a place of you know authenticity truth and transparency. So we love that.

Lorena: [00:43:40] Thank you. Actually not to, not becuase we’re on your podcast but like I listen to your episodes and I like, in addition to that I like your website and I’ve seen your programs and everything and I think what you guys are doing. It’s just so important. Coming From someone that I wish I knew it. I feel like new moms need to see your products before they actually get all of the storm, you know and all that like I think like so I really love what you guys are doing and we need it.

Lindsey: [00:44:11] Well thank you. The. Feeling is mutual. Yeah. Yeah. Well thank you so much. Do you want to add anything before we sign off. I know you touched on a lot and it was pretty powerful stuff.

Lorena: [00:44:24] No I’m extremely happy to be able to be a part of this and I hope everybody else enjoyed it. I hope I didn’t talk to much.

Lindsey: [00:44:31] No, you’re great.

Lorena: [00:44:32] Just let me know if you guys need anything. And I would love to continue the conversation.

Lindsey: [00:44:37] Yes. Thank you so much Lorena.

 

Lorena: [00:44:38] Thank you.

 

 

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