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Infant Nutrition & Cognition Study

We want to learn how the nutrition in eggs eaten by a breastfeeding mom will help improve the brain function of her baby through the nutrients in the mother's milk.

Age & Gender

  • 3 months ~ 35 years
  • Male, Female, Gender Inclusive

Visit Availability

  • Standard business hours (M-F, 8-5)
  • Extended hours (M-F, early morning or evening)
  • Weekend hours, if needed


North Carolina (Cabarrus, Catawba, Davidson, Davie, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Rowan, Stanly, Union)

What will be asked of you

We will ask the mother to eat either a whole egg or egg whites 5 times a week for 3 months while exclusively breastfeeding. Your baby will be tested at 4.5 months with a developmental milestones test and at 6 months on a recognition memory test. Saliva, blood, and breastmilk samples will be taken. Diet will be recorded.


$75 Visa gift card at each visit (total $225)

In-person visits:
Total length of participation:
3 months

Looking for Healthy Volunteers

Requirements for healthy volunteers are different than for those with a specific condition. If you are interested in becoming a healthy volunteer for this study, use the below categories to determine if you are able to participate.

Able to participate:

  • exclusively breastfeeding
  • baby born at term
  • no complications with pregnancy or birth
  • pre-pregnancy BMI below 30

Not eligible if:

  • you are younger than 18 or older than 35
  • had gestational diabetes
  • not planning to exclusively breastfeed to age 6 months

Contact the Team

Visit Location

Contact & Visit Location

Primary Contact

Visit Study Website

Primary Visit Location

UNC Nutrition Research Institute
500 Laureate Way, Kannapolis, NC 28081, USA

Additional Study Information

Principal Investigator

Carol Cheatham
Nutrition Research Institute

Study Type

Clinical or Medical

Study Topics

Brain, Head, Nervous System
Eating, Nutrition, and Metabolism
Healthy Volunteer or General Population
Parents of Children
Women's Health

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