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Researchers at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst are looking for breastfeeding moms to participate in a groundbreaking study funded by the National Institutes of Health. The UMass Amherst research team – environmental toxicologist Kathleen Arcaro, nutritionist scientist and extension facultyLindiwe Sibeko, and cancer epidemiologist Susan Sturgeon – will examine whether a diet rich in fruits and vegetables reduces biomarkers of breast cancer risk.
To qualify, women must live within 25 miles of Amherst, have given birth in the last five weeks or still be pregnant and intending to breastfeed. Study participants will be randomly assigned to either the diet intervention group or the control group. The diet intervention group will receive boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables weekly and will be asked to eat eight to 10 servings every day. Lactation and nutrition counselors will help participants reach the study goal. The control group will be counseled to follow a nutritional plan recommended to breastfeeding women.
If you live within 25 miles of Amherst MA, are pregnant or gave birth within the last 5 weeks, and are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed you may be eligible to participate. Please call (413 545-1037) or email (newmomswellness@umass.edu) for more information.