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Center for Feeding & Nutrition
Raising Healthy Hearts: 617-726-3826
The Pediatric Nutrition Center of Excellence has two distinct clinical services for children with feeding difficulties and overweight and obesity.
The Center for Feeding & Nutrition offers multidisciplinary care for children with a variety of feeding difficulties. Families meet with a health-care team that includes a pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition doctor, speech - language pathologist with advanced training in feeding, dietitian, occupational therapist, feeding psychologist, and social worker. We tailor the members of the team to your child and family’s specific needs. The team meets all together with you and your child as we evaluate their feeding skills and then develop a family-centered treatment plan. We also can offer one-on-one feeding therapy on an as-needed basis.
Raising Healthy Hearts is a collaboration between Cardiology, Gastroenterology and Psychology dedicated to getting overweight children to a healthier weight. Again we use a multi-disciplinary approach and each child will see a clinician, dietitian and health coach.
We also offer psychology support. Learn more.
Our active research program focuses on preventing and treating childhood obesity in the community and improving care for patients with feeding difficulties. We also are examining early life diet and antibiotics and its effect on a child’s microbiome (the bacteria in the intestine).
Center for Feeding & Nutrition consists of:
Based on your child’s needs, a few members of our team will meet all together with you and your child.
Prior to each appointment, we will ask you to complete a questionnaire about your child’s health and eating and a food log.
Lauren Fiechtner, MD, MPH
Allan Goldstein, MD
Rebecca Baars, MS,CCC-SLP
Cheryl Hersh, MA, CCC-SLP
Lara Hirner, MS, CCC-SLP
Sarah Sally, MS, CCC-SLP
Jessica Sorbo, MS, CCC-SLP
Meaghan Alexander, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC
Catherine Hanley, MS, RD, LDN
Jill Israelite, RD, LDN, CNSC, CSP
Allison Osipow, MA, MS, OTR/L
Sharon P. Serinsky, MS, OTR/L
Kristen Swartz, FNP - BC
Christine Cooper-Vince, PhD
Judy Burrows, MSW, LICSW
Meg Simione, PhD, CCC-SLP
The newly expanded Center for Feeding and Nutrition works with children with feeding disorders who struggle to consume enough food to survive.
Before the birth of Rose's twins, prenatal testing showed one baby may have an intestinal blockage. Hours after Mihaly was born, MGHfC surgeons performed a life-saving surgery.
Gustavo Franca was born with birth defects that left him unable to eat or drink anything by mouth. Now, at age 9, Gustavo is learning how to chew and swallow solid food and overcome his feeding fears with help from the MGHfC Pediatric Feeding Program.
Ella Dumais struggled with feeding for the first two years of her life. With help from Lauren Fiechtner, MD, and a team of feeding therapists, Ella, now 3, went from receiving food through a feeding tube to joining her family at the dinner table and fearlessly trying new foods every day.
MGHfC clinicians are working to eliminate the short- and long-term health issues associated with obesity in children by providing specialized care and treatment options.
Dr. Lauren Feichtner, director of nutrition at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, discusses the best methods for introducing solid foods to babies.
Pediatric Nutrition Center
Raising Healthy Hearts 55 Fruit Street, 6th Floor (Check in: Cardiology Desk) Boston, MA 02114 Entrance: Fruit Street Parking and Valet: Yawkey Garage Appt line: 617-726-3826
Center for Feeding & Nutrition 55 Fruit Street Warren Building, 11th Floor Boston, MA 02114 Entrance: Fruit St. Parking: Fruit Street Garage Nearest Valet Parking: Wang Appt line: 617-724-0770 Email: MGHFeedingCenter@partners.org
Please note that a doctor's order is needed for a feeding appointment. Doctors outside MGHfC may use this form.
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