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COVID-19 & Infant Feeding Study

Researchers from the University of Idaho and Washington State University are recruiting COVID-19+ mothers from around the country to study infection risk and immunity in infants. Findings will help us understand how the virus affects the health and immune responses of mothers and infants, and whether infant feeding practices play a role.

Volunteers must meet the following eligibility criteria

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have an infant 2 years old or younger
  • Have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last week or are awaiting test results
Volunteer mothers will self-collect biological samples over two months from themselves and their infants. Samples will include finger-prick blood spots, stool and breast milk (as applicable). We will test samples for the virus and antibodies. Mothers will be interviewed by phone about their family’s health, COVID-19 exposures and symptoms, and infant care and feeding practices over the course of the study.

All materials needed for the study will be mailed to you and all samples will be shipped back to the University of Idaho. All costs are covered by the study.

Also, if you are a breastfeeding woman and have frozen milk from before and right after you were diagnosed with COVID-19 that you would like to donate for research purposes, please contact us.

Women living anywhere in the United States can participate!

For more information, please contact the following

Phone: 509-330-6701

Email: infant_feeding@uidaho.edu

Website: wsu.edu/covid-19-infant-feeding/

 Downloadable Recruitment Flyer