Mentor: Dr. Leslie Parker
College of Nursing
"I got involved in research in order to give myself a more applied learning experience and to get more involved on campus. It became easy to be passionate about learning when I became passionate about the project and hoping to make a difference in the understanding of the population being studied."
Applied Physiology and Kinesiology
- UF Health-Cuddler
- UF Health-OR Assistant
Hobbies and Interests
Biomarkers of Lactogenesis Stage II in Mothers of Very Low Birth Weight Infants
Mothers of very low birth weight (VLBW) infants are at high risk for delayed lactogenesis stage II (LGS2) and inadequate breast milk production. Since long-term milk production is correlated with production during the first 5 days, strategies to promote an earlier onset of LGS2 are essential. A simple yet valid indicator of LGS2 is necessary to develop such strategies. This study will follow 67 mothers of VLBW infants for 6 weeks following delivery to determine correlations between indicators of LGS2, including biomarkers, self report, and milk volume.