The Breastfeeding and EArly Child Health (BEACH) Study


The purpose of this research study is to study the impact of breastfeeding on the infant gut microbiome. Samples will be collected from mothers and infants.


  • 4-5 study visits lasting 2 hours
  • Provide several samples (urine, saliva, stool, vaginal swab, human milk, blood)
  • Complete surveys


  • 18-45 years old
  • Pregnant women
  • Plan to breastfeed
For more details, please contact the study team.

Study Information Flyer


18 to 65



Monetary compensation


Can be done from home



Breastfeeding, C-section, Breastfeeding - resources, Obesity, Breast milk - pumping and storing

Principal Investigator

Dominick Lemas



Contact Information


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