Kathleen Rasmussen


Kathleen Rasmussen

111 Savage Hall
Phone: (607) 255-2290 Fax: (607) 255-1033
Email: kmr5@cornell.edu
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Biographical Statement:

Dr. Kathleen M. Rasmussen is Professor of Nutrition in the Division of Nutritional Sciences and International Professor of Nutritional Science at Cornell University. She received her AB degree from Brown University in molecular biology and both her ScM and ScD degrees from Harvard University in nutrition. Professor Rasmussen is internationally known for her research on maternal and child nutrition. Her research has included studies in experimental species, observational and intervention studies in human subjects in the US and several developing countries, and epidemiologic studies based on data from medical records and large cohorts. She and her students have established that interventions to improve maternal nutritional status can increase the volume and improve the composition of human milk and, thereby, improve infant nutritional status. They have also shown that women who are overweight or obese at conception have problems establishing and maintaining breastfeeding and have babies who are heavier at one year of age than those of normal-weight women. Her research has been supported by NIH, USDA and numerous other organizations. Professor Rasmussen has been a member of several expert committees at the Institute of Medicine, served as the chair of the Committee on Reexamination of IOM Pregnancy Weight Guidelines, and current the Chair of the Committee to Review WIC Food Packages. Her research was recognized by the Agnes Higgins Award of the American Public Health Association in 2012.

Professor Rasmussen has served as program director for Cornell's NIH-sponsored training grant in maternal and child nutrition since 1987 and for 6 years also directed a training grant from NIH’s Fogarty International Center that supported international trainees. She has taught a nationally recognized course in maternal and child nutrition for graduate students since 1980 and has taught a unique course on public health nutrition for undergraduate students since 1998. In 2006, she was the first recipient of the Excellence in Nutrition Education Award from the American Society for Nutrition.  Continuing her long interest in mentoring the future leaders in nutrition, Dr. Rasmussen serves as the principal faculty member at the Dannon Nutrition Leadership Institute, which she helped to develop in 1998. She received the Dannon Institute Mentorship Award from the American Society for Nutrition in 2009. 

Professor Rasmussen has served as the Secretary and then the President of the American Society of Nutritional Sciences (now the American Society for Nutrition) and also as the President of the International Society for Research on Human Milk and Lactation. She has previously been the Associate Dean and Secretary of the University Faculty and a member of Cornell’s Board of Trustees (2004-2008), elected by the University Faculty.


Teaching and Advising Statement:

Professor Rasmussen teaches a graduate course on maternal and child nutrition (NS6140)  in the fall semester and an undergraduate course on public health nutrition (NS4500) in the spring semester.  She advises graduate students in Nutrition and undergraduate students in the Nutrition and Human Biology, Health and Society major; she also advises undergraduates in research.

Current Professional Activities:
  • Cornell University Graduate Field Memberships: Nutrition, Epidemiology
  • Program Director, "Training in Maternal and Child Nutrition", NIH/NICHD
  • Chair, Committee to Review WIC Food Packages, Institute of Medicine, National Academies
  • Principal Faculty Member, Dannon Nutrition Leadership Institute

Current Research Activities:

Broadly, we are studying the relationship between maternal nutritional status during the reproductive period and short- and long-term maternal and child health outcomes.  In the US and elsewhere, we have been studying the association between maternal obesity and reduced duration of breastfeeding, why this occurs, and the consequences that it has for both maternal health and infant feeding practices.  We are also investigating how the now-widespread practice of breast milk expression, specifically how it affects maternal health and infant feeding practices. In addition, we are using the data from the MINIMat study in Bangladesh to investigate factors that influence women’s participation in nutritional supplementation programs. With colleagues in Scandinavia, we are studying the effects of reproduction in general, and lactation in particular, on long-term maternal health.

  • NIH Postdoctoral trainee, Cornell University, Nutrition
  • Sc.D.,  Harvard University, Nutrition
  • Sc.M., Harvard University, Nutrition
  • A.B., Brown University, Molecular Biology

Courses Taught:

NS 4500 Public Health Nutrition 

NS 6140 Topics in Maternal and Child Nutrition

Administrative Responsibilities:

Program Director, Training in Maternal and Child Nutrition, NIH/NICHD

Selected Publications:

Hauff LE, Leonard SA, Rasmussen KM.  Associations of maternal obesity and psychosocial factors with breastfeeding intention, initiation and duration. Am J Clin Nutr 2014;99:524-534.

Kirkegaard H, Stovring H, Rasmussen KM, Abrams B, Sørensen TIA, Nohr EA.  The relationship between pregnancy related weight changes, breastfeeding, and maternal weight and waist circumference 7 y after delivery–a path analysis.  Am J Clin Nutr.  2014;99:312-391.

Brekke HK, Bertz F, Rasmussen KM, Bosaeus I, Ellegård, Winkvist A.  Effect of intervention with diet, exercise or both on cardiovascular risk factors in lactating women.  PLoS One 2014;9:e88250.
Knabl J, Riedel C, Gmach J, Ensenauer R, Brandlhuber L, Rasmussen KM, Schiessl B, von Kries R.  Prediction of suboptimal gestational weight gain from week specific cut-off values: a cohort study.  J Perinatol 2014; 34:351-356.
Bjerregaard LG, Rasmussen KM, Michaelsen KF, Skytthe A, Mortensen EL, Baker JL, Sørensen TIA. Effects of infant weight and weight gain on body mass index from early childhood through adulthood.  Int J Obesity 2014;38:1305-1311.
Rasmussen KM.  Editorial:  Helping women to conceive at a healthy weight and gain within the guidelines.  Int J Childbirth Educ 2014;20:10-11.

Kirkegaard H, Storving H, Rasmussen KM, Abrams B, Sørensen TIA, Nohr EA.  Maternal weight change from prepregnancy throughout 7 years postpartum–the influence of behavioral factors.  Obesity; accepted for publication.
Garner CD, Ratcliff SL, Devine CM, Thornburg LL, Rasmussen KM.  Health professionals’ experiences providing breastfeeding-related care for obese women.  Breastfeeding Med; 2014;9:503-509.
Von Kries, R, Chmitorz A, Rasmussen KM, Bayer O, Ensenauer R.  Late pregnancy reversal from excessive gestational weight gain lowers risk of childhood overweight–a cohort study.  Obesity.  2013:21:1232-37.

Stoltzfus RJ, Rasmussen KM.  Comment: The dangers of being born too small or too soon.  Lancet.  2013; 382:380-381.
Rogers AB, Yaktine AL, Rapporteurs, Institute of Medicine and National Research Council (Committee on Implementation of the IOM Pregnancy Weight Gain Guidelines).  Leveraging Action to Support Dissemination of the Pregnancy Weight Gain Guidelines: Workshop Summary.  Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 2013.
Lan-Pidhainy X, Nohr EA, Rasmussen KM.  Comparison of gestational weight gain related pregnancy outcomes in American primparous and multiparous women.  Am J Clin Nutr.  2013; 87:1100-06.

Gardner RM, Kippler M, Tofail F, Bottai M, Hamadani J, Grandér M, Nermell B, Palm B, Rasmussen KM, Vather M. Environmental exposures to metals and children’s growth to five years: a prospective cohort study.  Am J Epidemiol.  2013;177:1356-67. (Editor’s Choice)  
Saha KK, Hamadani JD, Tofail F, Rasmussen KM, Vahter M. Pre- and postnatal arsenic exposure and child growth to age 2 years: a cohort study in rural Bangladesh.  Environ. Health Perspect.  2012;120:1208-1214.
Geraghty SR, Sucharew H, Rasmussen KM.  Trends in breastfeeding: It’s not only at the breast anymore.  Mat Child Nutr.  2013;9:180-7.
Persson LÅ, Arifeen S, Ekström E-C, Rasmussen KM, Frongillo EA, Yunus M for the MINIMat Study Team.  Effects of prenatal multiple micronutrient and early food supplementation on size and birth and mortality among children under five years of age. The MINIMat randomized trial, Bangladesh.  JAMA.  2012:307:2050-2059.
Frith AL, Naved RT, Persson LA, Rasmussen KM, Frongillo EA.  Early invitation to participation in prenatal food supplementation program ameliorates the negative association of food insecurity with quality of maternal-infant feeding interaction.  J Nutr. 2012;142:1095-1101.
Chimtorz A, von Kries R, Rasmussen KM, Nehring I, Ensenauer R.  Do trimester-specific cut-off values predict whether women ultimately stay within the Institute of Medicine/National Research Council guidelines for gestational weight gain?  Findings of a retrospective cohort study.  Am J Clin Nutr.  2012;95:1432-1437.
Monterrosa EC, Pelto GH, Frongillo EA, Rasmussen KM.  Constructing maternal knowledge frameworks: how mothers conceptualize complementary feeding.  Appetite. 2012;59:377-384.
Bertz F, Brekke H, Ellegård L, Rasmussen KM, Wennergren M, Winkvist A.  Factorial diet and exercise trial among lactating overweight and obese women.  Am J Clin Nutr.  2012;96:698-705.
Rasmussen KM.  Maternal obesity associated with neonatal death in Africa.  Nat Rev. Endocrinol. 2012;8:636-638.
Bahl R, Martines J, Bhandari N, Biloglav Z, Edmond K, Iyengar S, Kramer M, Lawn JE, Manadand DS, Mori R, Rasmussen KM, Sachdev HPS, Singhal N, Tomlinson M, Victora C, Williams AF, Chan KY, Rudan I.  Setting research priorities to reduce global mortality from preterm birth and low birth weight by 2015.  J Glob Health.  2012;2:10403. doi: 10.7189/jogh.02-01040302-010403.
Monterrosa EC, Frongillo EA, Neufeld LM, Egan KA, Ramakrishnan U, Rasmussen KM.  Maternal pre-pregnancy body mass index is not associated with infant and young child feeding in low-income Mexican children 1-24 mo old.  Mat Child Nutr J.  2012 Oct 15. doi: 10.1111/j.1740-8709.2012.00461.x. [Epub ahead of print]
Kronborg H, Vaeth M, Rasmussen KM.  Obesity and early cessation of breastfeeding in Denmark.  Eur J Public Health 2013;23:316-22.
Dieterich CM, Felice JP, O’Sullivan E, Rasmussen KM.  Breastfeeding and health outcomes for the mother-infant dyad.  Pediatr Clin N Am.  2013;60:31-48.
Rasmussen KM.  Public health polices related to obesity in childbearing women.  In: Gillman MD, Poston L, eds.  Maternal Obesity.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012, pp. 237-242 (Chapter 19).   
Leonard SA, Labiner-Wolfe J, Geraghty SR, Rasmussen KM.  Associations among high prepregnancy body mass index, breast pumping and breastfeeding outcomes.  Am J Clin Nutr.  2011;93:556-563.   
Leonard SA, Rasmussen KM.  Larger infant size at birth reduces the negative association between maternal prepregnancy body mass index and breastfeeding duration.  J Nutr.  2011;141:645-653.
Rasmussen KM, Dieterich CM, Zelek ST, Altabet JD, Kjolhede CL.  Interventions to increase the duration of breastfeeding in obese mothers: The Bassett Improving Breastfeeding Study.  Breastfeeding Med.  2011;6:69-75.
Geraghty SR, Heier JE, Rasmussen KM.  Got milk? Sharing human milk via the internet.  Publ Health Rep.  2011;126:161-164.
Rasmussen KM, Geraghty SR.  The quiet revolution: breastfeeding transformed with the use of breast pumps.  Am J Public Health 2011;101:1356-1359.
Rasmussen KM, Abrams B.  Gestational weight gain and later maternal health: are they related? [editorial] Am J Clin Nutr 2011;93:1186-1187.   
Rasmussen KM, Abrams B, Bodnar LM, Butte NF, Catalano PM, Siega-Riz AM.  Making recommendations for weight gain during pregnancy in the context of the obesity epidemic.  Obstet Gynecol.  2010;116:1191-1195.
Geraghty SR, Rasmussen KM.  Redefining “breastfeeding” initiation and duration in the age of breast milk pumping.  Breastfeeding Med.  2010;5:135-137.
Young SL, Khalfan SS, Farag T, Kavle J, Rasmussen KM, Pelto GH, Tielsch J, Stotzfus RJ.  Pica is associated with anemia and gastrointestinal distress among pregnant Zanzibari women. J Trop Med Hyg.  2010;83:144-151.
Saha KK, Tofail F, Frongillo EA, Rasmussen KM, Arifeen SE, Persson LÅ, Huda SN, Hamadani JD.  Household food security is associated with early childhood language development: results from a longitudinal study in rural Bangladesh.  Child Care Health Dev.  2010;36:309-316. 
Rasmussen KM, Habicht J-P.  Supplementation of the mother: partitioning the benefit between mother and newborn.  J Nutr. 2010;140:402-406. 
Katz KA, Nilsson I, Rasmussen KM.  Perception of breastfeeding difficulty experienced by women who are obese, have large breasts or both by those who care for newly delivered women in Denmark.  J Hum Lact.  2010;26:138-147. 
Rasmussen KM, Yaktine AL, eds. Institute of Medicine (Committee to Reexamine IOM Pregnancy Weight Guidelines, Food and Nutrition Board and Board on Children, Youth, and Families).  Weight Gain During Pregnancy: Reexamining the Guidelines,  Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 2009. 
Saha KK, Frongillo EA, Alam DS, Arifeen SE, Persson LÅ, Rasmussen KM.  Household food security was associated with growth of infants and young children in rural Bangladesh.  Public Health Nutr.  2009; doi:10.1017/S1368980009004765. 
Saha KK, Frongillo EA, Alam DS, Arifeen SE, Persson LÅ, Rasmussen KM. Use of the new WHO Child Growth Standards to describe longitudinal growth of Bangladeshi infants and young children.  Food Nutr Bull.  2009;30:137-144. 
Frith AL, Naved RT, Ekström E-C, Rasmussen KM, Frongillo EA.  Micronutrient supplementation affects maternal-infant feeding interaction and maternal distress in Bangladesh.  Am J Clin Nutr. 2009;90:141-148. 
Rasheed S, Frongillo EA, Devine CM, Alam DS, Rasmussen KM.  Maternal infant, and household factors are associated with breast-feeding trajectories during infants’ first 6 months of life in Matlab, Bangladesh.  J Nutr 2009;139:1582-1587.
Nohr EA, Vaeth M, Baker JL, Sørensen TIA, Olsen J, Rasmussen KM.  Pregnancy outcomes related to gestational weight gain in women defined by their body mass index, parity, height, and smoking status.  Am J Clin Nutr 2009;90:1288-1294.  
Rasmussen KM, Catalano PM, Yaktine AL.  New guidelines for weight gain during pregnancy: what obstetrician/gynecologists should know.  Curr Opin Obstet Gynecol.  2009;21:521-526. 
Baker JL, Gamborg M, Heitmann B, Lissner L, Sørensen TIA, Rasmussen KM.  Breastfeeding reduces postpartum weight retention.  Am J Clin Nutr. 2008;88:1553-1551. 
Saha KK, Frongillo EA, Alam DS, Arifeen SE, Persson LÅ, Rasmussen KM.  Household food security was associated with growth of infants and young children in rural Bangladesh.  J Nutr.  2008;138:1383-1390. 
Saha KK, Frongillo EA, Alam DS, Arifeen SE, Persson LÅ, Rasmussen KM.  Appropriate infant feeding practices result in better growth of infants and young children in rural Bangladesh.  Am J Clin Nutr. 2008;87:1852-1859. 
Nohr EA, Væth M, Baker JL, Sørensen TIA, Olsen J, Rasmussen KM.  Combined associations of prepregnancy BMI and gestational weight gain with the outcome of pregnancy.  Am J Clin Nutr.  2008;87:1750-1759. 
Rasmussen KM, Kjolhede C.  Maternal obesity: a problem for both mother and child.  Obesity. 2008;16;929-931.Rasmussen KM. Association of maternal obesity before conception with poor lactational performance. Annu Rev Nutr 2007;27:103-21. 
Baker JL, Michaelsen KF, Sørensen TIA, Rasmussen KM. High prepregnant body mass index is associated with early termination of full and any breastfeeding among Danish women. Am J Clin Nutr 2007;86:404-11. 
Nøhr EA, Bech BH, Væth M, Rasmussen KM, Hendriksen TB, Olsen J. Obesity, gestational weight gain and preterm birth. A study within the Danish National Birth Cohort. Pædiatr Perinat Epidemiol 2007;21:5-14. 
Rasmussen KM. Maternal obesity and the outcome of breastfeeding. In: Hale TW, Hartmann PE, eds. Hale & Hartmann’s Textbook on Human Lactation. Amarillo, TX: Hale Publishing, 2007, pp. 387-402 (Chapter 20). 
Hilson JA, Rasmussen KM, Kjolhede CL. Excessive weight gain during pregnancy is associated with earlier termination of breastfeeding among white women. J Nutr 2006;136:140-146. 
Rasmussen KM, Lee VE, Ledkovsky TB, Kjolhede CL. A description of counseling practices that are used with obese mothers. J Hum Lac 2006;22:322-327. 
Zeisel SH, Freake HC, Bauman DE, Bier DM, Burrin DG, German JB, Klein S, Marquis GS, Milner JA, Pelto GH, Rasmussen KM. The nutritional phenotype in the age of metabolomics. J Nutr 2005;135:1613-1616. 
Gigante DP, Rasmussen KM, Victora CG. Pregnancy increases BMI in adolescents of a population-based birth cohort. J Nutr 2005;135:74-80. 
Altucher K, Rasmussen KM, Barden E, Habicht J-P. Identifying those who respond to the WIC Program: predictors of improvement in hemoglobin concentration among toddlers enrolled in the Massachusetts WIC Program. J Am Dietet Assoc 2005;105:709-715. 
Baker JL, Michaelsen KF, Rasmussen KM, Srrensen TIA. Maternal prepregnant body mass index, duration of breastfeeding and timing of solid food introduction are associated with infant weight gain. Am J Clin Nutr 2004;80:1579-1588. 
Studdert LJ, Soekirman, Rasmussen KM, Habicht J-P. Community-based school feeding during Indonesia's economic crisis: implementation, benefits and sustainability. Food Nutr Bull 2004;25:156-165. 
Gigante DP, Victora CG, Goncalves H, Lima RC, Barros FC, Rasmussen KM. Risk factors for childbearing during adolescence in a population-based birth cohort. Pan Am J Public Health. Rev Panam Salud Publica 2004;16:1-10. 
Rasmussen KM, Kjolhede CL. Prepregnant overweight and obesity diminish the prolactin response to suckling in the first week postpartum. Pediatrics 2004;113:e465-471. 
Kugyelka JG, Rasmussen KM, Frongillo Jr EA. Maternal obesity and breastfeeding success among Black and Hispanic women. J Nutr 2004;134:1746-1753. 
Hilson JA, Rasmussen KM, Kjolhede CL. High prepregnant body mass index is associated with poor lactation outcomes among white, rural women independent of psychosocial and demographic correlates. J Hum Lact 2004;20:18-29. 
German JB, Bauman DE, Burrin DG, Failla ML, Freake HC, King JC, Klein S, Milner JA, Pelto JH, Rasmussen KM, Zeisel SH. Metabolomics in the opening decade of the 21st century: Building the roads to individualized health. J Nutr 2004;134:2729-2732. 
Winkvist A, Rasmussen KM, Lissner L. Associations between reproduction and maternal body weight: Examining the component parts of a full reproductive cycle. Eur J Clin Nutr 2003;57:114-127. 
Rasmussen KM, Stoltzfus RJ. New evidence that iron supplementation during pregnancy improves birth weight: new scientific questions. Am J Clin Nutr 2003;78:673-674. 
Rasmussen KM, Hilson JA, Kjolhede CL. Obesity as a risk factor for failure to initiate and sustain lactation. In: Integrating Population Outcomes, Biological Mechanisms, and Research Methods in the Study of Human Milk and Lactation, Davis M, ed. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, 2002. 
Rasmussen KM, Hilson JA, Kjolhede CL. Obesity may impair lactogenesis II. J Nutr 2001;131:3009S-3011S. 
Rasmussen KM, Wallace MH, Gournis E. A low-fat diet but not food restriction improves lactational performance in obese rats. In: Bioactive Components of Human Milk, Newburg DS, ed. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, 2001. 
Rasmussen KM. The "fetal origins" hypothesis: Challenges and opportunities for maternal and child nutrition. Annu Rev Nutr 2001;21:73-95. 
Rasmussen KM. Is there a causal relationship between iron deficiency or iron-deficiency anemia and weight at birth, length of gestation and perinatal mortality? J Nutr 2001;131:590S-603S Suppl. 
Garza C, Rasmussen KM. Pregnancy and lactation. In: Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 10th edn. Garrow JS, James WPT, Ralph A, eds. Edinburgh, Scotland: Churchill-Livingstone, Ch 27, pp 437-448, 2000. 
Winkvist A, Habicht J, Rasmussen K, Frongillo E. Malnourished mothers maintain their weight throughout pregnancy and lactation. In: Short and Long-Term Effects of Breast Feeding on Child Health, Koletzko B, Michaelsen KF, Hernell O, eds. New York: Kluwer/Plenum, 2000. 
Rasmussen KM. Causes of intrauterine growth restriction. In: Prenatal Care; Effectiveness and Implementation, McMormick, M.C. and Siegel, J.E., eds. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 153-174, 1999. 
Winkvist A, Rasmussen KM. Impact of lactation on maternal body weight and body composition. J. Mamm. Gland Biol Neoplasia 1999;4:309-318. 
Gonzalez-Cossi­o T, Habicht J-P, Rasmussen KM, Delgado HL. Impact of food supplementation during lactation on infant breast milk intake and on the proportion of infants exclusively breastfed. J Nutr 1998;128:1692-1702. 
Rasmussen KM. Effects of under- and overnutrition on lactation in laboratory rats. J Nutr 1998;128:390S-393S. 
Grivetti L, Leon D, Rasmussen K, Shetty PS, Steckel R, Villar J. Report of the IDECG Working Group on variation in fetal growth and adult disease. Eur J Clin Nutr 1998;52:S102-S103. 
Rasmussen KM. Commentary on Leon DA, Fetal growth and adult disease. Eur J Clin Nutr 1998;52:S78-S82. 
Fitzgerald DP, Gournis E, Rasmussen KM. Validation in well- and poorly nourished rats of a method to collect milk for compositional analysis. Nutr Res 1998;18:93-98. 
Marquis GS, Diaz J, Bartolini R, Kanashiro HC, Rasmussen KM. Recognizing the reversible nature of child-feeding decisions: Breastfeeding, weaning, and relactation patterns in a shanty town community of Lima, Peru. Soc Sci Med 1998;47:645-656. 
Winkvist A, Habicht J-P, Rasmussen KM. Linking maternal and infant benefits of a nutritional supplement during pregnancy and lactation. Am J Clin Nutr 1998;68:656-661. 
Rasmussen KM. Benefits to mother and child of maternal food supplementation during the reproductive cycle. Paper prepared for Academy for Educational Development, Washington DC, 1998. 
Hilson JA, Rasmussen KM, Kjolhede CL. Maternal obesity and breast-feeding success in a rural population of white women. Am J Clin Nutr 1997;66:1371-1378. 
Marquis GS, Habicht J-P, Lanata CF, et al. Association of breastfeeding and stunting in Peruvian toddlers: An example of reverse causality. Internat J Epidemiol 1997;26:349-356. 
Picado JI, Olson CM, Rasmussen KM. Metodolog­a combinada para entender la duracin del amamantamiento en barrios pobres de Managua, Nicaragua. Pan Am J Health 1997;2:398-406. 
Elliott KG, Kjolhede CL, Gournis E, Rasmussen KM. Duration of breastfeeding associated with obesity during adolescence. Obesity Res 1997;5:538-541. 
Rasmussen KM, Abrams B. Annotation: Cigarette smoking, nutrition, and birthweight. Am J Public Health 1997;87:543-544. 
Weissman LT, Gournis E, McGuire MK, Rasmussen KM. Documentation of second-by-second breastfeeding using a novel method. J Human Lact 1997;13:23-27. 
Shaw MA, Rasmussen KM, Meyers T. Consumption of a high-fat diet impairs reproductive performance in Sprague-Dawley rats. J Nutr 1997;127:64-69. 
Gournis E, McGuire MK, Rasmussen KM. Food supplementation during lactation shortens anestrus and elevates gonadotropins in rats. J Nutr 1997;127:785-790. 
Marquis GS, Habicht J-P, Lanata CF, Black RE, Rasmussen KM. Breast milk or animal-product foods improve linear growth of Peruvian toddlers consuming marginal diets. Am J Clin Nutr 1997;66:1102-1109. 
McGuire MK, Myers TR, Butler WR, Rasmussen KM. Naloxone administration does not relieve the inhibition of gonadotropin release in food-restricted, lactating rats. J Nutr 1996;126:2113-2119. 
Marquis GS, Rasmussen KM. Extended breastfeeding and malnutrition: An example of reverse causality. Final report to Wellstart International, Washington DC, 1996, 70 pp. 
Marquis GS, Rasmussen KM. Extended breastfeeding and malnutrition: An example of reverse causality. In: Exclusive Breastfeeding Promotion: A Summary of Findings from EPB's Applied Research Program (1992-1996). Wellstart International, Washington, DC, 1996;39-42. 
Institute of Medicine. WIC Nutrition Risk Criteria: A Scientific Assessment. Report of the Committee on Scientific Evaluation of WIC Nutrition Risk Criteria, Food and Nutrition Board, National Academy Press, Washington, DC, 1996, 377 pp. 
Rasmussen KM. Vitamin A needs during pregnancy and lactation for the health of the mother and her fetus or infant. In: Safe vitamin A dosage during pregnancy and lactation, World Health Organization, 1996, pp. 8-14. 
Garza C, Zimmer JP, Rasmussen KM. Nutrition during pregnancy. In: Nutrition in Pediatrics, 2nd edn. Walker WA & Watkins JB, eds. Neuilly-sur-Seine, France: Decker Europe, Inc., 1996, Ch 23:351-363. 
Rasmussen KM, McGuire MK. Effect of breastfeeding on maternal health and well-being. Food and Nutr Bull 1996;17:364-369. 
Rasmussen KM. Vitamin A needs during pregnancy and lactation for the health of the mother and her fetus or infant. Paper prepared for WHO consultation, June 1996, Geneva, Switzerland. 
Ekstrom E-CM, Kavishe FP, Habicht J-P, Frongillo Jr EA, Rasmussen KM, Hemed L. Adherence to iron supplementation during pregnancy in Tanzania: Determinants and hematologic consequences. Am J Clin Nutr 1996;64:368-374. 
Ruel MT, Habicht J-P, Rasmussen KM, Martorell R. Screening for nutrition interventions: The risk or the differential-benefit approach? Am J Clin Nutr 1996;63:671-677. 
McGuire MK, Pachon H, Butler WR, Rasmussen KM. Food restriction, gonadotropins and behavior in the lactating rat. Physiol Behav 1995;58:1243-1249. 
McGuire MK, Littleton AW, Schulze KJ, Rasmussen KM. Pre- and postweaning food restrictions interact to determine reproductive success and milk volume in rats. J Nutr 1995;125:2400-2406. 
Pachon H, McGuire MK, Rasmussen KM. Nutritional status and behavior during lactation. Physiol Behav. 1995;58:393-400. 
Winkvist A, Jalil F, Habicht J-P, Rasmussen KM. Maternal energy depletion is buffered among malnourished women in Punjab, Pakistan. J Nutr 1994;124:2376-2385. 
Gonzalez Cossi­o T, Habicht J P, Rasmussen KM. Maternal anthropometry predicts benefit in lactational performance of undernourished Guatemalan women. In: Allen LA, King J, Lonnerdal B, eds. Nutrient regulation during pregnancy, lactation, and infant growth. New York: Plenum Press, 1994, Ch 8:109-117. 
Rasmussen KM, Habicht J-P. Preface. In: Kusin JA, Kardjati S., eds. Maternal and Child Nutrition in Madura, Indonesia. Royal Tropical Institute, The Netherlands, 1994;21-22. 
Kurz KM, Habicht J-P, Rasmussen KM, et al. Effects of maternal nutritional status and maternal energy supplementation on length of postpartum amenorrhea among Guatemalan women. Fertility Digest 1994;5:17-18. 
Stoltzfus RJ, Habicht J-P, Rasmussen KM, Hakimi M. Evaluation of indicators for use in vitamin A intervention trials targeted to women. Internat J Epidemiol 1993;22:1111-1118. 
Kurz KM, Habicht J-P, Rasmussen KM, Schwager SJ. Effects of maternal nutritional status and maternal energy supplementation on length of postpartum amenorrhea among Guatemalan women. Am J Clin Nutr 1993;58:636-642. 
Schulze KJ, Rasmussen KM. Nutritional status, suckling behavior, and prolactin release during lactation. Physiol Behav 1993;54:1015-1019. 
Stoltzfus RJ, Hakimi M, Miller KW, Rasmussen KM, Dawiesah S, Habicht J-P, Dibley MJ. High-dose vitamin A supplementation of breastfeeding Indonesian mothers: effects on the vitamin A status of mother and infant. J Nutr 1993;123:666-675. 
Stoltzfus RJ, Miller KW, Hakimi M, Rasmussen KM. Conjunctival impression cytology as an indicator of vitamin A status of lactating Indonesian women. Am J Clin Nutr 1993;58:167-173. 
Rasmussen KM. Effects of breastfeeding on maternal health. In: Rethinking Postpartum Health Care. The Population Council, New York, 1993;52-54. 
McGuire MK, Butler WR, Rasmussen KM. Evaluation of the rat as a model for studying the mechanisms by which malnutrition and lactation prolong the duration of postpartum anovulation. In: Picciano MF, Lönnerdal B, eds. Mechanisms regulating lactation and infant nutrient utilization. Contemporary issues in clinical nutrition series. New York: John Wiley & Sons Inc, 1992;413-418. 
Brigham HE, Sakanashi TM, Rasmussen KM. The effect of food restriction during the reproductive cycle on organ growth and milk yield and composition in the rat. Nutr Res 1992;12:845-856. 
Oberkotter LV, Rasmussen KM. Changes in plasma thyroid hormone concentrations in chronically food-restricted female rats and their offspring during suckling. J Nutr 1992;122:435-441. 
Winkvist A, Rasmussen KM, Habicht J-P. A new definition of the Maternal Depletion Syndrome. Am J Public Health 1992;82:691-694. 
McGuire MK, Butler WR, Rasmussen KM. Chronic food restriction amplifies the effect of lactation on the duration of postpartum anestrus in rats. J Nutr 1992;122:1726-1730. 
Rasmussen KM. Nutritional consequences of lactation for the mother: Definition of issues. In: Picciano MF, Lonnerdal B, eds. Mechanisms regulating lactation and infant nutrient utilization. Contemporary issues in clinical nutrition series. New York: John Wiley & Sons Inc, 1992;97-108. 
Rasmussen KM. The influence of maternal nutrition on lactation. Annu Rev Nutr 1992;12:103-117. 
Caulfield LE, Haas JD, Belizan JM, Rasmussen KM, Edmonston B. Differences in early postnatal morbidity risk by pattern of fetal growth in Argentina. Pediatr Perinatal Epidemiol 1991;5:263-275. 
Kurz KM, Habicht J-P, Rasmussen KM. Influences of maternal nutrition and lactation on length of post-partum amenorrhoea. J Trop Pediatr 1991;37:15-18. 
Institute of Medicine. Nutrition During Lactation. Report of the Sub committee on Nutrition During Lactation, Committee on Nutritional Status During Pregnancy and Lactation, Food and Nutrition Board, National Academy Press, Washington, DC, 1991, 309 pp. 
Rasmussen K, Johnson CS, Kusin JA, Kardjati S, Habicht J P. The role of compliance with nutritional supplementation during pregnancy: a comparison of data on Guatemala and Indonesia.  International Center for Research on Women, Report No. 18.  June 1990. 
Potischman N, McCulloch CE, Byers T, Nemoto T, Stubbe N, Milch R, Parker R, Rasmussen KM, Root M, Graham S, Campbell TC. Breast cancer and dietary and plasma concentrations of carotenoids and vitamin A. Am J Clin Nutr 1990;52:909-915. 
Lutter CK, Mora JO, Habicht J-P, Rasmussen KM, Robson DS, Herrera MG. Age-specific responsiveness of weight and length to nutritional supplementation. Am J Clin Nutr 1990;51:359-64. 
Rasmussen KM, Habicht J P. Technical considerations for data using the prevalence of malnutrition in women: Report to the World Health Organization. Background paper for the SCN 15th Session Symposium on Women and Nutrition. February 1989. 
Rasmussen KM, Habicht J-P. Malnutrition among women: Indicators to estimate prevalence. Food and Nutr Bull 1989;11:29-37. 
Lutter CK, Mora JO, Habicht J-P, Rasmussen KM, Robson DS, Sellers SG, Super CM, Herrera MG. Nutritional supplementation: effects on child stunting because of diarrhea. Am J Clin Nutr 1989;50:1-8. 
Tucker K, Pelletier D, Rasmussen K, Habicht J P, Pinstrup Andersen P, Roche F. Advances in nutritional surveillance: the Cornell Nutritional Surveillance Program 1981 1987. Cornell Food and Nutritional Policy Program, CFNPP Monograph 89 2. August 1989. 
Alexander MH, Lazan KS, Rasmussen KM. Effect of chronic protein-energy malnutrition on fecundability, fecundity and fertility in rats. J Nutr 1988;118:883-7. 
Leslie J, Pelto GH, Rasmussen KM. Nutrition of women in developing countries. (Summary of a minisymposium.) Food Nutr Bull 1988;10:4-7. 
Rasmussen KM. Maternal nutritional status and lactational performance. Clin Nutr 1988;7:147-55. 
Lissner L, Stevens J, Levitsky DA, Rasmussen KM, Strupp BJ. Variation in energy intake during the menstrual cycle: implications for food-intake research. Am J Clin Nutr 1988;48:956-62. 
Habicht J-P, Rasmussen KM, Goldman AS. Report of Epidemiology Workshop: Introduction. In: Goldman AS, Atkinson SA, Hanson LA, eds. Human lactation 3. New York: Plenum Press, 1987;337-8. 
Sakanashi TM, Brigham HE, Rasmussen KM. Effect of dietary restriction during lactation on cardiac output, organ blood flow and organ weights of rats. J Nutr 1987;117:1469-74. 
Kliewer RL, Rasmussen KM. Malnutrition during the reproductive cycle: effects on galactopoietic hormones and lactational performance in the rat. Am J Clin Nutr 1987;46:926-35. 
Rasmussen KM, Fischbeck KL. Effect of repeated reproductive cycles on pregnancy outcome in ad libitum fed and chronically food restricted rats. J Nutr 1987;117:1959-1966. 
Fischbeck KL, Rasmussen KM. Effect of repeated reproductive cycles on maternal nutritional status, lactational performance and litter growth in ad libitum fed and chronically food restricted rats. J Nutr 1987;117: 1967-75. 
Olson CM, Variano DA, Rasmussen KM. Continuing education in maternal nutrition: A report of activities and accomplishments 1984 1987. Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, November 1987, 15 pp. 
Rasmussen KM, Mock NB, Habicht J P. The biological meaning of low birthweight and the use of data on low birthweight for nutritional surveillance. Cornell Nutritional Surveillance Program Working Paper No. 43. August 1985. 
Martorell R, Mason J, Rasmussen KM, Ho TJ, Habicht J P. Child feeding practices: Knowledge, research needs, and policy implications. In: Determinants of young child feeding and their implications for nutritional surveillance, Cornell International Nutrition Monograph Series, Number 14, 1985;1-72. 
Habicht J P, Rasmussen KM. Model for analysis of the relationship between breastfeeding data and postpartum anovulation data. In: Dobbing J, ed. Maternal nutrition and lactational infertility. New York: Raven Press, 1985;119-127. 
Young CM, Rasmussen KM. Effects of varying degrees of chronic dietary restriction in rat dams on reproductive and lactational performance and body composition in dams and their pups. Am J Clin Nutr 1985;41:979-987. 
Martorell R, Mason J, Rasmussen K, Habicht J P. Child feeding practices: Knowledge, research needs and policy implications. Cornell Nutritional Surveillance Program Working Paper No. 28. March 1984. 
Fellows WD, Rasmussen KM. Comparison of methods for obtaining milk samples from well nourished and malnourished rats. Physiol Behav 1984;33:761-763. 
Rasmussen KM, Warman NL. Effect of maternal malnutrition during the reproductive cycle on growth and nutritional status of suckling rat pups. Am J Clin Nutr 1983;38:77-83. 
Warman NL, Rasmussen KM. Effects of malnutrition during the reproductive cycle on nutritional status and lactational performance of rat dams. Nutr Res 1983;3:527-545. 
Rasmussen KM, Hayes KC, Thenen SW. Megaloblastic anemia and the requirement for folic acid in the cebus monkey (Cebus albifrons). Am J Primatol 1982;2:87-97. 
Ausman LM, Rasmussen KM, Gallina DL. Spontaneous obesity in maturing squirrel monkeys fed semipurified diets. Am J Physiol 1981;241:R316-321. 
Rasmussen KM, Ausman LM, Hayes KC. Vital statistics from a laboratory breeding colony of squirrel monkeys (Saimiri sciureus). Lab Anim Sci 1980;30:99-106. 
Rasmussen KM, Barsa PM, McCormick DB, Roe DA. Effect of strain, sex, and dietary riboflavin on pyridoxamine (pyridoxine) 5' phosphate oxidase activity in rat tissues. J Nutr 1980;110:1940-1946. 
Rasmussen KM, Thenen SW, Hayes KC. Effects of folic acid supplementation on pregnancy in the squirrel monkey (Saimiri sciureus). J Med Primatol 1980;9:169-184. 
Rasmussen KM, Barsa PM, McCormick DB. Pyridoxamine (pyridoxine) 5' phosphate oxidase activity in rat tissues during development of riboflavin or pyridoxine deficiency. Proc Soc Exp Biol Med 1979; 161:527-530. 
Rasmussen KM, Thenen SW, Hayes KC. Folacin deficiency and requirement in the squirrel monkey (Saimiri sciureus). Am J Clin Nutr 1979;32:2508-2518. 
Rasmussen KM. Folic acid needs for breeding and growth of nonhuman primates. In: Hayes KC, ed. Primates in nutritional research. New York: Academic Press, 1979;73-97. 
Rasmussen KM. Studies of Folacin Nutrition in Primates. Doctor of Science Thesis, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, 1978. 
Thenen SW, Rasmussen KM. Megaloblastic erythropoiesis and tissue depletion of folic acid in the cat. Am J Vet Res 1978;39:1205-1207. 
Rasmussen KM, Thenen SW. Projects developed for college level nutrition course. J Nutr Educ 1975;7:160-161.


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