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Early Nutrition and Feeding Behaviour Lab
 
Prenatal and postnatal transmission of maternal biological and environmental conditions to offspring can potentially be modulated by early nutrition and feeding behaviour. Early evidence implies that breast milk would not be a mere passive reflection of maternal levels of bioactive substances, but an actively and timely regulated secretion programming immunodevelopment and cognitive development. Early nutrition and feeding behaviour is studied by questionnaires about feeding attitudes, feeding practices and child’s nutrition (at 6 mo, 12 mo, 24 mo) as well as from breast milk samples collected at study visits thoughout lactation (2,5 mo, 6 mo, 14 mo, 18 mo, 24 mo). Study visits were completed in February 2016 (age 2,5 months), in May 2016 (age 6 months), in January 2017 (age 14 months), and in May 2017 (18 months), and the 24 months study visits are still ongoing. More than 800 study visits have been done during the years 2012-2017, and we would like to thank all the families for participating.

The overall aim of the project is to study how early nutrition and feeding behaviour modifies prenatal programming. More spesifically we are interested on 1) how maternal wellbeing is reflected in child’s early nutrition and feeding behaviour; 2) how early nutrition affects the programming of child immune system, cognitive development, as well as stress regulation system; 3) how maternal eating behaviour is reflected in feeding behaviour and modifies the development of childs later eating behaviour, and 4) how early nutrition and feeding behaviour affects childs later health and development.

Senior researcher:
Henna-Maria Uusitupa, PhD, hemauu@utu.fi

Researchers:
Anna Aatsinki, PhD student, ankaaa@utu.fi
Salla Hakuri, PhD student, salsir@utu.fi
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