Omega Tots Follow-up Study
This study follows up with participants in the original Omega Tots Research Study. Participants received a nutritional supplement or placebo powder for 6 months. This study is a brief, one-time postal survey to learn more about how these children continue to grow and learn.
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LEAF (Lifestyle and Early Achievement in Families)
LEAF wants to find out if different things that happen during pregnancy – like stress, smoking, weight gain, medication use, or other lifestyle factors – might affect how preschool-aged children grow and act. We’re hoping results from this study will be able to help lead to better healthcare for children in the future.
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Our objective is to develop and evaluate a short set of questions to capture infant feeding practices. We will follow up with previous Moms2Moms study participants to gather more information about these practices. We hope to support future, high-quality research and public health surveillance of maternal and child health that uses federal survey data.
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This study wants to know how caregivers play and talk to their children, and if this affects the way children grow and act. Children and their families meet with our research team 4 different times over two years, starting when the child is about 18 months old.
We wanted to know if moms with young babies know about milk sharing (when a woman shares her own breast milk with another woman, or feeds her own child breast milk from other women).
Keim SA, McNamara KA, Jayadeva CM, Braun AC, Dillon CE, Geraghty SR (August 2014). Breast milk sharing via the internet: the practice and health and safety considerations. Maternal and Child Health Journal. 18(6):1471–1479.
Keim SA, Hogan JS, McNamara KA, Gudimetla V, Dillon CE, Kwiek JJ, Geraghty SR (November 2013). Microbial contamination of human milk purchased via the internet. Pediatrics. 132(5): e1227-35.
Boone KM, Geraghty SR, Keim SA (July 2016). Feeding at the Breast and Expressed Milk Feeding: Associations with Otitis Media and Diarrhea in Infants. Journal of Pediatrics. 174:118-125.
Choosing how long to breastfeed your child and when to start feeding your child solid foods can be hard. We wanted to know if these things are related to how children grow during the first year of life.
This study found that babies who were breastfed for longer gained weight more slowly than babies who were breastfed for shorter times. This slower weight gain may be important for preventing childhood obesity later on. We are still trying to understand why longer breastfeeding helps slow weight gain. One possibility is that a natural hormone in breast milk, called leptin, helps infants know when they are full and done eating.
We want to develop evidence-based strategies for guiding clinicians and families in recognizing and preventing obesity in children. Looking at 20,000 children, we will try to determine the prevalence and timing of the development of obesity in early childhood among preterm children, compared to term children, and identify the best intervention window.
Preemie Tots is a research study that is interested in learning about the behavior and development of toddlers who were born prematurely. For this study we examined whether a fatty acid supplement benefited toddlers’ development.
Our long-term goal is to develop better guidance for first-time mothers as they prepare for the arrival of their baby, and better supportive advice in addressing the common challenges that arise after coming home from the hospital. For this study, moms complete a home survey.