Help the InfantRisk Center study Drugs in human milk
Unfortunately, little is known about the transfer of many drugs in milk. Far less than one fourth of the drugs on the market today have been studied in breastfeeding mothers. We desperately need your help in studying these drugs while you are breastfeeding.
Mothers are calling every day. We Need Your Help !
Numerous studies show that the risk of breast cancer is reduced in women who breastfeed one or more infants. We don't know why. We are going to expore the presence of certain cancer genes within human milk. Milk is composed of numerous substance, include breast cells such as ductal cells, epithelial cells, and stem cells. By collecting a mothers breastmilk, we can spin down their breast cells and analyze them for cancer markers. We hope to be able to provide more answers about breast cancer and the markers present in a mothers milk. If you are at high or low risk for cancer, then we'd like a small sample of your breastmilk to determine if we can predict future outcomes with respect to breast cancer. But we really want to know, why breastfeeding reduces the risk of breast cancer.
Milk production is driven by the hormone called prolactin. During lactation, this hormone surges to high levels, but strangely, some mothers who have relatively high prolactin levels still can't make milk. This project is designed to look at that mother's prolactin to see if it normal or abnormal. We can this condition Macroprolactinemia.
We help moms every day with questions about their medications. Most of the drugs on the market have no pubished data on their transfer into human milk. So it is exceedingly difficult for my center to give advice on these drugs. We have started these registries, to ask moms who use various drugs while breastfeeding, to tell us just how their infant did following their exposure to the drug in milk. Our objective of these surveys is to get feedback from moms taking various drugs as to any side effects they may have seen in their infants. These are short survey. Take a look and help us out.
Every year my center publishes drugs studies and with information about the transfer of selected drugs into their mothers milk. Take a look at these drugs and see if you might be willing to participate in one of these studies. They are really easy, just collect samples of your milk every few hours, freeze them, and send them back to my laboratories. We pay for overnight mailing.