UMass Breastmilk Lab

UMass Breastmilk Lab Welcome to the page for the Breastmilk Lab at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, led by Dr. Kathleen Arcaro! To donate milk or learn more about our research, please visit our website: www.breastmilkresearch.org

Page for the Breastmilk Lab at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, led by Dr. Kathleen Arcaro.

Mission: Our research is aimed at providing information which may lead to new early detection methods, prevention strategies, and therapies for breast cancer.

Attention all new mothers living in Amherst MA or surrounding towns! Researchers at UMass are currently looking for wome...
09/18/2018

Attention all new mothers living in Amherst MA or surrounding towns! Researchers at UMass are currently looking for women to participate in a diet intervention study. Participants must have given birth within the past 6 weeks, plan to nurse their child for at least 3 more months, and live within 25 miles of UMass Amherst. If you are interested in taking part in the study, or would like more info, please call 413-545-0813, or email [email protected]

Don't qualify to donate milk for one of our studies?  You may be able to donate breastmilk to the UC San Diego Mommy's M...
12/05/2016
Participate

Don't qualify to donate milk for one of our studies?

You may be able to donate breastmilk to the UC San Diego Mommy's Milk Human Milk Research Biorepository - the first-ever national breastmilk bank for research!

https://mommysmilkresearch.org/participate/

This is just a short excerpt for the contact page.

Moms who have, or have had, breast cancer, we need your help!We are seeking breastmilk donations from moms living anywhe...
10/18/2016

Moms who have, or have had, breast cancer, we need your help!

We are seeking breastmilk donations from moms living anywhere in the country who have, or have had, breast cancer.

Many thanks to Ashley (pictured below), a breast cancer survivor who donated a sample of her frozen milk for our research!

To see if you qualify to participate, please fill out this questionnaire: https://arcsapps.umassmed.edu/redcap/surveys/?s=EXRS5CS698

Thank you so much to the thousands of moms who completed our survey about their willingness to donate breastmilk for our...
09/26/2016
Donate breastmilk for research | UMass Breastmilk Lab

Thank you so much to the thousands of moms who completed our survey about their willingness to donate breastmilk for our research! Your answers will inform our future breast cancer research.

And very special thanks to KellyMom.com, Best for Babes Foundation, The Leaky [email protected]@b, The Badass Breastfeeder, Breastfeeding USA, and Motherlove Herbal Company for posting our survey and sharing it with their fans! We couldn't have done it without you!

For more information on donating milk for our research visit: http://www.breastmilkresearch.org/donate-breastmilk-for-research/

UMass Breastmilk Lab

Donate breastmilk to fight breast cancer!We are currently looking for nursing moms to donate breastmilk for our breast c...
08/08/2016

Donate breastmilk to fight breast cancer!

We are currently looking for nursing moms to donate breastmilk for our breast cancer research. Please spread the word!

*Mothers who have or have had breast cancer.* Participants are nursing mothers living anywhere in the U.S. who have/have had breast cancer and can donate fresh or frozen breastmilk (we provide mailer). For more information about this study, or to participate, call Beth Punska at (413) 545-0813, or email [email protected]

OR

*Mothers who are breastfeeding and expect to have a breast biopsy.* Participants live anywhere in the U.S., and can donate a fresh breastmilk sample (we provide mailer). For more information about this study, or to participate,call Beth Punska at (413) 545-0813, or email [email protected]

UNICEF estimates that, globally, more than half of newborns are not breastfed within the first hour of life, putting the...
08/01/2016
More than half of newborns not breastfed in first hour raising health risks, UNICEF says | Fox News

UNICEF estimates that, globally, more than half of newborns are not breastfed within the first hour of life, putting them at increased risk of disease and death.

"If all babies were fed nothing but breast milk from birth to six months, more than 800,000 lives could be saved each year, UNICEF said."

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2016/07/29/more-than-half-newborns-not-breastfed-in-first-hour-raising-health-risks-unicef-says.html

More than half of newborn babies are not breastfed within the first hour of life, putting them at heightened risk of disease and death, the United Nations' children's agency said on Friday, highlighting sub-Saharan Africa as an area of concern.

A new study of 180 pre-term infants from birth to age seven, found that "babies who were fed more breast milk within the...
08/01/2016
Breastfeeding associated with better brain development, neurocognitive outcomes

A new study of 180 pre-term infants from birth to age seven, found that "babies who were fed more breast milk within the first 28 days of life had had larger volumes of certain regions of the brain at term equivalent and had better IQs, academic achievement, working memory, and motor function."

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160729092524.htm

A new study, which followed 180 pre-term infants from birth to age seven, found that babies who were fed more breast milk within the first 28 days of life had had larger volumes of certain regions of the brain at term equivalent and had better IQs, academic achievement, working memory, and motor fun...

A new study provides more insight on how breastfeeding protects mothers against diabetes: "The findings of our study pro...
07/23/2016

A new study provides more insight on how breastfeeding protects mothers against diabetes:

"The findings of our study provide new insights into disease-related metabolic pathways that are influenced by lactation and could thus be the underlying reason for the protective effect," concludes Dr. Sandra Hummel, head of the Gestational Diabetes working group at the IDF, who led the study. Breastfeeding, she explains, is a cost-effective intervention which aims to reduce the long-term risk of developing type 2 diabetes among women with gestational diabetes.

In the future, the scientists will look at ways of translating this knowledge into concrete treatment recommendations. "On average, women with gestational diabetes breastfeed less often and for shorter duration than non-diabetic mothers," Hummel says. "The aim is now to develop strategies that will improve the breastfeeding behaviors of mothers with gestational diabetes."

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-07/hzm--bam072016.php

Wonderful article about breastmilk and the microbiome in The New Yorker, subtitled "Why human milk is a scientific marve...
07/23/2016
Breast-Feeding the Microbiome - The New Yorker

Wonderful article about breastmilk and the microbiome in The New Yorker, subtitled "Why human milk is a scientific marvel."

"It is led by a chemist named Bruce German, and if there were a world title in extolling the virtues of milk he would surely hold it. At our first meeting, he spent half an hour monologuing on the subject, bouncing on an exercise ball and kneading a tattered shred of bubble wrap as he spoke. Milk, he said, is a perfect source of nutrition, a superfood that is actually worthy of the label."

http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/breast-feeding-the-microbiome

Why human milk is a scientific marvel.

A new study finds that Latino preschoolers who were exclusively breastfed have longer telomeres - protective parts of DN...
07/23/2016
Early Exclusive Breastfeeding Associated with Longer Telomeres in Latino Preschoolers

A new study finds that Latino preschoolers who were exclusively breastfed have longer telomeres - protective parts of DNA:

"Infants who are exclusively breastfed early in life are more likely by age 4 or 5 to have longer telomeres, the protective bits of DNA that cap the ends of chromosomes in cells. In older adults, shorter telomeres are associated with a greater likelihood of developing conditions of aging, such as heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.

Telomeres, which are measured in white blood cells, generally become shorter with age, when the cell can no longer regenerate through cell division. But there is evidence that a significant amount of telomere shortening occurs during early childhood."

https://www.ucsf.edu/news/2016/07/403606/early-exclusive-breastfeeding-associated-longer-telomeres-latino-preschoolers

Infants who are exclusively breastfed early in life are more likely by age 4 or 5 to have longer telomeres, the protective bits of DNA that cap the ends of chromosomes in cells.

A new study says that one in ten young women first spot signs of breast cancer during pregnancy and lactation.  http://w...
03/07/2016
One in ten young women first spot signs of cancer while pregnant or breastfeeding, study says

A new study says that one in ten young women first spot signs of breast cancer during pregnancy and lactation.

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/one-ten-young-women-first-10999681

These are exactly the nursing moms we're looking for! Please see our Donate Breastmilk page for information: http://www.breastmilkresearch.org/donate-breastmilk-for-research/

Now a charity boss says more needs to be done to raise awareness of cancer developing in pregnancy

Have you donated breastmilk for our research?  We would like to feature photos of our donor moms on our upcoming new web...
02/09/2016

Have you donated breastmilk for our research?

We would like to feature photos of our donor moms on our upcoming new website. If you've donated milk for our research and can share a picture of you and your baby, please email [email protected] Thank you to all our donors!

We can learn from smaller and smaller amounts of breastmilk.  This study of fatty acid composition was done using dried ...
02/04/2016
International Breastfeeding Journal

We can learn from smaller and smaller amounts of breastmilk. This study of fatty acid composition was done using dried milk spots!

http://internationalbreastfeedingjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13006-016-0060-2

Breastfeeding is recognized as an important public health issue with enormous social and economic implications. Infants who do not receive breast milk are likely to experience poorer health outcomes than breastfed infants; mothers who do not breastfeed increase their own health risks.Publi…

A new study finds that a protein found in breastmilk could fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria:"The new research builds ...
02/03/2016
Protein Found In Breast Milk Could Fight Antiobiotic Resistant Bacteria

A new study finds that a protein found in breastmilk could fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria:

"The new research builds upon previous studies looking into how breast milk helps newborn babies to fight infection. The key to this is a particular protein called lactoferrin, which can effectively kill bacteria, fungi, and even viruses. While this has been known about for some time, a group of researchers from the National Physical Laboratory and University College London have re-engineered it to make it more effective."

http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/scientists-re-engineer-breast-milk-protein-fight-resistant-bacteria

There have been repeated warnings on the overuse of antibiotics and the development of bacteria that are resistant to all known antimicrobial drugs. The problem is so big that some have even suggested that we are close to entering a “post-antibiotic era” in which even infections that are currently r…

Worldwide, 800,000 child deaths could be prevented by more breastfeeding, says research just published in The Lancet:"If...
01/29/2016
Breastfeeding could prevent 800,000 child deaths, Lancet says

Worldwide, 800,000 child deaths could be prevented by more breastfeeding, says research just published in The Lancet:

"If almost every mother breastfed her children it could prevent more than 800,000 child deaths a year, yet governments are failing to promote and support breastfeeding, with rates remaining far below international targets, new research has found."

http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2016/jan/28/breastfeeding-could-prevent-800000-child-deaths-lancet-says

Breastfeeding at risk from poor government policies, lack of support for mothers and aggressive formula milk industry, research finds

Donate breastmilk to fight breast cancer!We are currently looking for nursing moms to donate breastmilk for THREE differ...
01/20/2016
Breastmilk Research

Donate breastmilk to fight breast cancer!

We are currently looking for nursing moms to donate breastmilk for THREE different breast cancer studies. Please spread the word!

*Mothers who have or have had breast cancer.* Participants are nursing mothers living anywhere in the U.S. who have/have had breast cancer and can donate fresh or frozen breastmilk (we provide mailer). For more information about this study, or to participate, call Beth Punska at (413) 545-0813, or email [email protected]

OR

*Mothers who are breastfeeding and expecting to have a breast biopsy.* Participants are nursing mothers who are expecting to have a breast biopsy, live anywhere in the U.S., and can donate a fresh breastmilk sample (we provide mailer). For more information about this study, or to participate,call Beth Punska at (413) 545-0813, or email [email protected]

OR

*Mothers who live in or near Amherst or Northampton, Massachusetts who are willing to participate in a diet intervention study.* Participants plan to continue to nurse their child for at least three more months, and are capable of staying enrolled in this study for 12 consecutive weeks. Mothers who qualify for participation in this study will be asked to donate two fresh milk samples – one at the beginning of a 12-week period, and one at the end of a 12-week period. Some participants will be chosen to receive fresh fruits and vegetables to consume during the study. For more information regarding this study, contact Angela at (413) 545-1037, or by email at [email protected]

Visit www.breastmilkresearch.org to learn more about our research group.

Website of Dr. Kathleen Arcaro, Associate Professor of Environmental Toxicology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Nursing moms needed for breastmilk study!The University of Massachusetts Breastmilk Lab is looking for local nursing mom...
12/05/2015
Breastmilk Research

Nursing moms needed for breastmilk study!

The University of Massachusetts Breastmilk Lab is looking for local nursing moms to participate in a new study.

*PLEASE NOTE: You do not need to be a first time mom to participate.

You may qualify to participate if you:

Live in the Amherst/Northampton, Massachusetts area

AND

Plan to continue to nurse your child for at least three more months, and are capable of staying enrolled in this study for 12 consecutive weeks

If you qualify for participation in this study, you will be asked to donate two fresh milk samples – one at the beginning of a 12-week period, and one at the end of a 12-week period. You may be chosen to receive fresh fruits and vegetables to consume during the study. You will receive $40 compensation and nutrition counseling.

For more information regarding this study, contact Angela at (413) 545-1037, or by email at [email protected]du

Visit www.breastmilkresearch.org to learn more about our research group.

Website of Dr. Kathleen Arcaro, Associate Professor of Environmental Toxicology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

We're so grateful to the 256 African American moms who donated milk samples for our breast cancer research!A recent stud...
10/30/2015
Breast Cancer Rates on the Rise in Black Women in the U.S., Especially in the South

We're so grateful to the 256 African American moms who donated milk samples for our breast cancer research!

A recent study shows how critical this research is: breast cancer rates for African American women - historically lower than for white women, but with higher mortality - are catching up with the rates for women of other races.

"Historically, white women have always had a higher prevalence of breast cancer in the country. Meanwhile, black women are much more likely to die from the disease. The breast cancer death rate is 42 percent higher in black women than white women.

However, a new report from the American Cancer Society (ACS) suggests breast cancer is becoming much more prevalent among black women in the U.S."

http://www.newsweek.com/breast-cancer-risk-black-women-white-women-388382

Changing lifestyle factors in the country may be the underlying cause of demographic shifts.

10/30/2015
Study shows association between breastfeeding and reduced risk of aggressive breast cancer

More evidence of the connection between breastfeeding and breast cancer risk in a new study:

"A large international study shows that breastfeeding is associated with a lower risk of developing an aggressive form of breast cancer called hormone-receptor negative. This new combined evidence shows the risk was reduced by up to 20% in women who breastfed."

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-10/acs-ssa102715.php

A large international study shows that breastfeeding is associated with a lower risk of developing an aggressive form of breast cancer called hormone-receptor negative.

Donate breastmilk to fight breast cancer!We are currently looking for nursing moms to donate breastmilk for three differ...
10/29/2015
Breastmilk Research

Donate breastmilk to fight breast cancer!

We are currently looking for nursing moms to donate breastmilk for three different breast cancer studies. Please spread the word!

*Mothers who have or have had breast cancer.* Participants are nursing mothers living anywhere in the U.S. who have/have had breast cancer and can donate fresh or frozen breastmilk (we provide mailer). For more information about this study, or to participate, call Beth Punska at (413) 545-0813, or email [email protected]

OR

*Mothers who are breastfeeding and expecting to have a breast biopsy.* Participants are nursing mothers who are expecting to have a breast biopsy, live anywhere in the U.S., and can donate a fresh breastmilk sample (we provide mailer). For more information about this study, or to participate,call Beth Punska at (413) 545-0813, or email [email protected]

OR

*Mothers who live in or near Amherst, Massachusetts who are willing to participate in a diet intervention study.* Participants recently had their first child and are in the first two months of lactation, plan to continue to nurse for at least three more months, and are capable of staying enrolled in the study for 12 consecutive weeks. For more information regarding this study, contact Angela at (413) 545-1037, or by email at [email protected]

Visit www.breastmilkresearch.org to learn more about our research group.

Website of Dr. Kathleen Arcaro, Associate Professor of Environmental Toxicology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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University Of Massachusetts, Amhert
Amherst, MA

General information

Dr. Kathleen Arcaro conducts breast cancer research using breastmilk. She and her team analyze DNA from breast epithelial cells naturally present in breastmilk, looking for patterns of methylation. We thank our generous donor moms for helping us make strides in the understanding of breast cancer and breast cancer risk!

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