Associate Prof Donna Geddes

How fat is too fat? Development of body composition over the first year of life in breastfed infants


Donna Geddes is a Research Associate Professor Donna Geddes in the School of Molecular Sciences at The University of Western Australia.

Professor Geddes is internationally renowned for her novel work with ultrasound imaging that has revolutionized our understanding of the anatomy of the lactating breast, milk ejection and blood flow, as well as the infant’s sucking technique, suck-swallow-breathe co-ordination, gastric emptying and body composition of both the term and preterm infant.

Prof Geddes has recently been focused on understanding milk synthesis and maternal factors that impact milk production such as pregnancy complications and body composition. It is also becoming increasing clear that milk composition is influenced by a number of variables and her research programme carries out mechanistic studies to elucidate the impact of milk composition on infant growth and development across the first 12 months of life.