The purpose of this research study is to determine if eating eggs during breastfeeding will increase nutrients important for brain development in the milk and subsequently, improve infant cognition.
What participants will do: You and your child will come to the lab for three sessions across 3 months. Mom will be asked to eat eggs (provided), keep a food diary, provide milk and saliva samples, and fill out questionnaires about her infant’s development. Baby will play age-appropriate games, participate in a memory activity, and provide a saliva sample.
The study is looking for healthy lactating women at 12-15 weeks postpartum.
You will receive a $75 Visa debit card at each visit as a token of appreciation.
Dr. Cheatham is a National Institutes of Health funded developmental cognitive neuroscientist with a dual appointment as Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) on the North Carolina Research Campus. At the NRI, Dr. Cheatham is studying the effects of fatty acids, choline, lutein, and anthocyanins on the development and functioning of the hippocampus and frontal lobes, brain structures that are integral to the formation and retrieval of memories and to higher-order cognition. She uses behavioral assessments and an electrophysiological technique known as event-related potentials in her work with infants, children, and older adults.