To advance lactation science,
our research team needs to learn more about breastmilk.

BIOMILQ is working to better understand the composition of human milk, how human milk is produced, and how we can reproduce the process of human milk production outside the body.


Our goal is to create a novel infant feeding option that better meets babies’ nutritional needs than bovine-based formula. This research study is studying the effect of diet and lifestyle factors on breast milk composition and to expand our understanding of the cellular and molecular basis of lactation.

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What Does Participating Look Like?


Contact Us

by filling out the form or emailing:


Screening Call (10-15 mins)

to learn more and determine eligibility to participate.


Enrollment Call (45-60 mins)

to walk donors through informed consent and how to use milk collection supplies.


Collect Milk Samples at home

and fill out health questionnaire.


Pick-Up by our team or Drop-Off by donor at BIOMILQ's office in Research Triangle Park, NC.


Who is conducting this study?

This study is led by Dr. Leila Strickland, PhD, BIOMILQ's Chief Scientific Officer and Co-Founder who has a background in cell biology. She developed a passion for infant nutrition when she struggled to breastfeed her son and has been on a mission to develop another infant feeding option ever since.

Dr. Claire O'Brien, PhD, is a co-investigator on the study and has a background in human milk research studies and lactation. She has a passion for improving maternal and child health.

Who is eligible to participate?

  • Healthy participants over the age of 18
  • Those who gave birth to a healthy infant(s)
  • Those who gave birth to an infant(s) with no medical complications
  • Those who are lactating and willing to provide us between 2-7 ounces of breast milk
A participant's eligibility will be determined during a 10-15 minute screening call by one of our study coordinator after prospective donors reach out via email ( or by filling out the form on this webpage.

Who is not eligible to participate?

  • Those who currently smoke, have smoked within the past year, or anytime during their past pregnancy or who plan to resume smoking before they collect their milk samples
  • Those who currently use illegal recreational drugs
  • Those who consume more than 8 alcoholic drinks in a typical week
  • Those at risk of blood born illness.
  • Those who have experienced symptoms of COVID-19 in the past month
  • Those who have undergone cancer treatment in the past 3 years such as radiation or chemotherapy
  • Those who have had exposure to a contaminated needle or had intimate contact with someone exposed to a contaminated needle within the last 12 months
  • Those who have ever received human pituitary-derived growth hormone, a dura mater (brain covering) graft, or bovine insulin
A participant's eligibility will be determined during a 10-15 minute screening call by one of our study coordinator after prospective donors reach out via email ( or by filling out the form on this webpage.

What is expected of participants during this study?

We are conducting this study in two parts. The main goal of this research is to better understand how diet and lifestyle affect your milk composition. Upon enrolling in this study, you’ll be asked to provide us with about half an ounce of breastmilk from each breast for compositional analyses. You’ll store those in your freezer at home until arrangements can be made to drop them off at our office in Research Triangle Park, have someone from our team pick them up, or we will make arrangements for your milk samples to be mailed to our office in North Carolina.

We’re also conducting an optional sub-study that’s looking to better understand the cellular and molecular basis for lactation. If you chose to participate in this sub-study, you would collect about 5 ounces of milk total. This sample can be left at room temperature for up to three hours or placed in the refrigerator but cannot be frozen. After collection, this milk sample would need to be transferred to BIOMILQ within 24 hours. Members of our team can help make coordinate a drop off at our office or can arrange for someone to pick them up from you. Because these samples must arrive at our office within 24 hours, we can only accept participants for the sub-study who live within 50 miles of Research Triangle Park, NC or who can meet us within that 50-mile radius.

Additionally, all participants will be asked to complete a health history questionnaire online that asks questions about diet, lifestyle, health history, reproductive and lactation history and questions about your baby who you are currently feeding your breastmilk to.

Will participants be compensated?

Participants may receive between $25-75 in gift cards.

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