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COVID-19 and Breastfeeding Mothers

Research Question:
Is there COVID-19 virus in breast milk and other samples from mother and child? ///// How does the COVID-19 vaccine affect breast milk?

Basic Study Information

COVID-19 positive mothers: We are seeking breastfeeding moms in the Rochester area - with a baby under 6 months old - who have recently been diagnosed with COVID-19, ideally within the previous 7 days. The purpose of this study is to determine if there may be COVID-19 virus in various samples we collect from mother and child. These samples include mother’s breast milk, skin swab, saliva, and blood sample, as well as infant stool samples. These will be taken within certain windows of time at your convenience inside the home. Participation in this study will be for 90 days. You will be reimbursed a total of $60 ($30 after day 10 collection and another $30 after the day 90 collection) via check. ///// Lactating mothers getting the COVID-19 vaccine: We are seeking breastfeeding Moms in the Rochester area with infants of any age, who will be getting the COVID-19 vaccine. We will be collecting a finger prick and small breast milk sample from you at the following times: before you get the vaccine, 3-weeks after your first dose, 3-weeks after your second dose, and 3 months after your final dose (if you are still breastfeeding). You collect all samples inside your home. Participation in this study will be for about 90 days. You will be reimbursed a total of $50 via check.

Study Reference #: 00004889

Lead Researcher (Principal Investigator)

Lead Researcher:  Bridget Young

Study Contact Information

Study Coordinator: Elizabeth Catlin
Phone: (315) 924-2531

Additional Study Details

Study Details:
We will provide you with all the supplies you need and detailed instructions about how to collect all these samples. We will ask you to store the samples in your freezer for us. Study personnel will be in contact with you to coordinate a time for all samples to be collected from your home. In addition to samples, we will also ask that you complete a short questionnaire on days that you are collecting the samples.

Reimbursement:  Yes

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