Thank you for your interest in donating milk for our research! We are currently looking for participants for several different studies:
NEW! Diet and breast cancer risk study. Participants are first time, healthy, nursing mothers local to Amherst, Massachusetts. You may qualify to participate if you:
Recently had your first child and are in your first two months of lactation, AND plan to continue to nurse your child for at least three more months, AND are capable of staying enrolled in this study for 12 consecutive weeks.
If you qualify for participation in this study, you will be asked to donate two fresh milk samples – one at the beginning of a 12-week period, and one at the end of a 12-week period. You will receive $40 compensation and nutrition counseling.
For more information regarding this study, contact Angela at (413) 545-1037 or email.
Mothers who have or have had breast cancer study. Participants are nursing mothers living anywhere in the U.S. who have/have had breast cancer and can donate fresh or frozen breastmilk. For more information about this study, and to participate, call Beth Punska at (413) 545-0813, or email.
Breast biopsy study: Participants are nursing mothers who are expecting to have a breast biopsy, and live anywhere in the U.S. For more information about this study, and to participate, call Beth Punska at (413) 545-0813, or email.
How to participate: Contact us through the information above. If you qualify to participate in the study you will be asked to complete a consent form and a questionnaire, and to donate a breastmilk sample(s). If you are participating in the biopsy study and donating a sample from outside of our area, your sample will be sent by overnight mail at no expense to you.
How your privacy is protected: Every effort will be made to protect your privacy. Your name will not be used in any of the research reports or publications prepared with results obtained from this study. All information obtained in this study that identifies who you are will be recorded with a code number, and all studies are approved by the Institutional Review Board of the University of Massachusetts.
Why participate in this research? Currently there is no good way to assess a woman's risk of getting breast cancer. For example, although family history is an important risk factor for developing breast cancer, most women who develop cancer have no family history, and most women with a family history do not develop breast cancer.
Our hope is that by examining molecular changes in cells found in breastmilk associated with various breast problems, we will be able to develop a specific, individualized tool for assessing an individual woman's risk of contracting this disease. Knowledge of the molecular changes in the breast cells that occur may be helpful in developing preventative and therapeutic strategies for all women.