Mommy’s Milk Human Milk Research Biorepository is building the first-ever breast milk bank for research in the nation! The staff at UC San Diego Center’s for Better Beginnings is organizing the collection and safe storage of breast milk samples, and is asking for your generous support. You can donate two ounces of breast milk, and we’ll keep it safe for a role in future research projects.
→ If you are a breastfeeding woman, please submit your interest to participate!
→ If you are a healthcare professional, please visit our patient referral form.
Information for Participants
Researchers want to learn more about human breast milk and how it influences health and development. Moms want to know how to best feed their babies and keep them healthy. Together, we can achieve this goal.
You are eligible to participate if you are:
- 18+ years of age
- Willing to donate 2 oz. of breast milk
You’ll be asked to:
- Donate 2 oz (50 ml) of breast milk
- Complete an interview that will collect information about you and your family
- Complete an online questionnaire about your diet
- Fill out online questionnaires about your mood
- Submit questionnaires about your child’s development
Optional steps you can take to help us further our research include:
- Releasing medical records for you and your child so that we can look at your health and your child’s health in comparison to your breast milk sample
- Allowing us to contact you with information about other research studies no more than twice a year
- Allowing us to contact you to update your personal information no more than once a year
We’re currently enrolling breastfeeding people with COVID-19 infection or exposure. In addition to what is described above, participation in the COVID-19 study may involve additional breast milk samples and nasal, saliva, blood and stool sample from mom, as well as a nasal, blood and stool sample from baby. Not all samples are required.
- COVID-19 Vaccine
We’re currently enrolling breastfeeding people who will receive the COVID-19 vaccine. In addition to what is described above, participation in the COVID-19 vaccine study involves providing up to 7 breast milk samples in the 45 days after receiving the vaccine.
- Diversity of Human Milk & How It May Be Affected by Maternal Use of Antibiotics
Our team is examining the diversity of human milk by enrolling 480 nursing parents and their chestfed infant who is less than 6 months old. Participation in this study includes phone interviews, self-collection of milk samples, self-collection of stool samples and skin swab samples from both the nursing parent and baby, self-collected samples from certain areas of the home, questionnaires about baby’s development, release of medical records, and weekly text messages inquiring about use of any prescription antibiotics and/or changes in chestfeeding. See if you qualify.
From the responses to the weekly text messages, our second goal is to identify 40 nursing parents who are prescribed an antibiotic while they are still chestfeeding, and to enroll them in additional follow-up activities. We will also identify and enroll two comparison groups: 20 parents who are prescribed an antibiotic but are no longer chestfeeding, and 40 chestfeeding parents/babies without antibiotic exposure. For all three of these groups, additional samples will be collected from the parent, the baby, and their home. The goal is to learn whether and/or how prescribed antibiotics that are taken by a chestfeeding parent affects human milk, and whether they have any effect on a baby’s growth and development.
- Medications & Human Milk
We’re currently enrolling chestfeeding people who live in either San Diego County, CA or Salt Lake County, UT and who are taking one of the following medications: prednisone, nifedipine, escitalopram, or sertraline. Our study will examine if these medications can be found in human milk and the best laboratory methods to detect them. To learn more about this study, please visit: https://mommysmilkresearch.org/meds-study
- Motegrity® (prucalopride)
We’re examining whether Motegrity®, a medication taken for the treatment of functional constipation in adults, can be found in breast milk. We’re looking for breastfeeding individuals who are currently taking Motegrity®. Participation in this research study includes phone interviews, self-collection of breast milk samples at different time points over a 24-hour period before and after taking a dose, questionnaires about baby’s growth and development, and releasing baby’s medical records. Volunteers receive up to $125 for completing the study.
- Veklury® (remdesivir)
We’re examining whether Veklury® (remdesivir), a medication taken for the treatment of COVID-19 in adults, can be found in breast milk. We’re looking for breastfeeding individuals who are currently taking Veklury®. Participation in this research study includes phone interviews and self-collection of breast milk samples, questionnaires about baby’s growth and development, and releasing baby’s medical records. The breast milk collection schedule includes pumping five milk samples in a 24 hour period while taking Veklury®, and then pumping one milk sample per day for 7 consecutive days following your last dose of Veklury®.
Join Our Breast Milk Study!
Thank you for your interest in Mommy’s Milk. We are working to understand the powerful impact of breast milk and how it influences child health and development.
If you live outside of San Diego County, California: at this time we are not collecting milk samples from moms who reside outside of San Diego County unless they are participating in our Motegrity®, Veklury®, Paxlovid®, COVID-19 or COVID-19 vaccine studies.
If you live in San Diego County, California: please complete the form below, and a member of our team will be in touch!
Please fill out your contact information. Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are required. You can skip any optional questions if you do not want to answer. If you are breastfeeding, you are eligible for the study no matter what your answers are. All of your information will be kept confidential and private.
For more information, please contact Kerri Bertrand by email at email@example.com or call 858.246.1713.