Nutrition During Lactation: What Do Mom and Baby Need?

Author(s): Christina Sherry & Nathan Pratt


Nutritional needs during lactation are unique and one of the highest demands for good nutrition during a women’s life. Many breastfeeding moms are not meeting the optimal nutrient intakes for both mom and baby.
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Christina Sherry is a Research Scientist working in the area of prenatal and pregnancy nutrition with a focus on nutritional early programming of later health outcomes. She is responsible for product support and innovation of Similac Mom, clinical studies involving breastfeeding as well as supporting innovations around early programming for the Similac brand. Christina received her undergraduate degree in dietetics from Bluffton University and her PhD in Nutritional Science from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has published in the area of nutritional regulation of the immune system. Prior to joining Abbott, Christina was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Michigan.
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Nathan Pratt is a doctoral student in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign working as an intern with Abbott Nutrition. His work with Abbott has focused on studying the diets of lactating women to identify nutritional shortcomings that could affect infant or maternal health. He received his Bachelor’s degree in biology from Illinois Wesleyan University and plans to receive his PhD at the end of 2014. On campus, he studies consumer behavior and nutrition education to understand the best methods of communicating nutrition information to successfully improve food choices, primarily with regard to weight management.
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