Cal Poly Research Aims to Promote Healthy Feeding Patterns and Weight Gain for Bottle-Fed Infants

Qualifying mothers offered $100 and free baby bottles to take part in three-month study

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly is looking for mothers who are bottle-feeding their babies to participate in a three-month study that aims to promote healthy feeding patterns and weight gain for bottle-fed infants. Participants will receive as many free baby bottles as they need and $100.

Eligible participants are mothers, with newborns to 6-month-old infants, who are feeding their babies expressed breast milk or formula.

During the 12-week study, research assistants will visit mothers in their homes four times and observe mothers and infants during bottle-feeding. Researchers will also measure the babies to assess infant growth and development.

“An infant’s first year is a critical period for growth and development that sets the stage for later eating behaviors, dietary preferences, and obesity risk,” said Alison Ventura, a professor in the Kinesiology and Public Health Department who’s leading the study.

Study participation is a great way for families to learn more about their own babies and contribute to research that will help other families. Researchers believe this study will make an important contribution to the understanding of how to promote healthy feeding and growth during early infancy.

“We hope that our research can help to ensure that all babies have the healthiest possible start and that all mothers feel confident and supported when feeding their infants,” Ventura said.

Mothers who want to learn more or participate can contact Noemi Alarcon at 805-756-5694, emailhealthykids@calpoly.edu, or visit the Healthy Kids website at https://healthykids.calpoly.edu/participate.

Alison Ventura, a professor in the Kinesiology and Public Health Department

Contact: Alison Ventura
805-756-5693; akventur@calpoly.edu

March 21, 2019

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