How the diet of breastfeeding Latina moms affects the health of their babies


This study looks at the effects of sugar in Hispanic/Latina moms and their babies. Previous studies have found that eating and drinking too much sugar can cause weight gain and health problems that affect the liver, kidneys, and heart. Feeding sugar to children can cause health problems that affect their growth and development. Hispanic/Latina moms and their babies are more at risk for these health problems than other groups. We want to find out whether an education program to reduce sugar improves the health of Hispanic/Latina moms and their babies. Come join the MAMITA Study if you are a pregnant or have a newborn.

Joining the study is easy and monetary compensation for participation is available. Our study team offers free home visits. The trained home visitors will guide you through a program centered around ways that can benefit your baby’s development and health.

Get in touch by using the contact form on the right side.

Keywords: diet, nutrition, pregnancy, baby, newborn, infant, mother, mom, obesity, diabetes, breast milk, breastfeeding, Latino, Latina

Study Sites

Children's Hospital Los Angeles, The Saban Research Institute, 4661 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027

  • Women
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18 - 40

See If This Study Is For You

To participate in this study, you must meet certain requirements. If you answer ‘YES’ to the following questions, then you may qualify.

  1. Are you pregnant or have a newborn (less than 1 month old)?
  2. Are you a Hispanic/Latina woman?
  3. Are you over 18 years of age?
  4. Do you intend to breastfeed for at least 3 months?

Final eligibility will be determined after answering a pre-screening questionnaire.


What's involved?

Study length
  • 2 years

Number of visits
  • 4 Assessment Visits (2 hrs; every 6 months)

  • 34 Home Visits (30 minutes; every 2-4 weeks)

  • Breast milk sample

  • Mom and Baby’s stool sample

  • Baby body composition scan

  • Health questionnaires

  • We offer monetary compensation for your time and participation.

Medical cost coverage


Latina mom and baby health: Come join the MAMITA Study if you are a pregnant or have a newborn. #HealthyKids #breastfeeding

About This Study

This is a Children's Hospital of Los Angeles Research Study.

Participating in this research study is voluntary.

CHLA IRB: CHLA-18-00571

Study Team

Principal Investigator
Michael Goran, PhD

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Research study materials

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