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Breastfeeding and Food Allergens Study

Researchers at the University of Idaho are recruiting breastfeeding mothers and their infants to participate in a study exploring the detection of cow’s milk and soy proteins in breast milk. Findings from this study will help us to learn more about the presence of food allergens, such as cow’s milk and soy, in breast milk and may lead to accessible tools that allow women to test their milk for common allergens before feeding their milk to their infants.

Volunteers must meet the following eligibility criteria

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have an infant aged 0-12 months
  • Be currently breastfeeding their infant
  • Live within or surrounding the cities of Moscow, Lewiston or Boise

Participant mothers will be asked to complete several questionnaires, eliminate cow’s milk and soy products from their diet, and provide samples of breast milk and maternal/infant stool over a period of 20 days. Participants will also be asked to consume approximately 1-2 cups of soy or cow’s milk daily during six days of the study.

All materials needed for the study will be delivered to the participant’s home or picked up by the participant at a contact free curbside location.

Participants can receive up to $200 for participation in the study.

For more information, please contact the following


University of Idaho

Physical Address:
Mary Hall Niccolls Building, Rm 103
751 Campus Drive

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Dr. MS 3183
Moscow, ID 83844-3183

Phone: 208-885-6546

Fax: 208-885-5751




Mailing Address:
322 E. Front Street, Suite 180
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: 208-334-2999

Fax: 208-364-4035




Mailing Address:
1031 N. Academic Way, Suite 242
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814-2277

Phone: 208-667-2588

Fax: 208-664-1272