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Pediatric Nutrition Center

The MassGeneral Hospital for Children Pediatric Nutrition Center of Excellence focuses on a multidisciplinary approach to treat children with nutritional issues, in particular feeding difficulties and overweight or obesity. The programs integrate state-of-the-art resources with compassionate and comprehensive care.

Center for Feeding & Nutrition 617-724-0770

Raising Healthy Hearts: 617-726-3826

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Overview

The Pediatric Nutrition Center of Excellence has two distinct clinical services for children with feeding difficulties and overweight and obesity.

Center for Feeding & Nutrition

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

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.

Dr. Lauren Fiechtner and pediatric nutrition team with a patient
Dr. Lauren Fiechtner and pediatric nutrition team with a patient

We also offer psychology support. Learn more.

Innovative Research

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).

About this Program

Who are we?

Center for Feeding & Nutrition consists of:

  • Pediatric Gastroenterologist with specialized training in nutrition
  • Speech- Language Pathologists with advanced training in feeding & swallowing disorders
  • Pediatric Dietitians
  • Occupational Therapists with specialization in sensory processing difficulties
  • Feeding Psychologist
  • Social Worker

What happens at an appointment?

Based on your child’s needs, a few members of our team will meet all together with you and your child.

  • We ask questions about your child’s health and eating
  • We observe your child eat
  • We assess their diet and growth
  • We ensure proper medical evaluation is performed
  • We develop a treatment plan based on your child’s needs

Prior to each appointment, we will ask you to complete a questionnaire about your child’s health and eating and a food log.

Who are the children we serve?

  • Food refusal
  • Dependency on an enteral tube (NG, Gtube, G-J tube, Jtube) and IV nutrition
  • Restricted eating patterns
  • Difficulty with certain textures
  • Food allergies
  • Oral Aversion
  • Poor weight gain
  • Down syndrome
  • GI dysmotility
  • Short gut syndrome
  • Premature infants
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Down syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Children with genetic, anatomical, or neurological disorders

Did you know?

  • 1 in 4 children struggle with feeding difficulties
  • 8 out of 10 children with developmental delay struggle with feeding difficulties
  • Research suggests that children with feeding difficulties are best served by a multidisciplinary team, but very few programs such as this program, exist in the country

Meet the Team

Director of Nutrition (Pediatric Gastroenterologist)

Lauren Fiechtner, MD, MPH

Chief of Pediatric Surgery

Pediatric Nutrition Team including Lauren Fiechtner, MD, MPH; Allan Goldstein, MD
The Pediatric Nutrition Team

Allan Goldstein, MD

Speech - Language Pathologists (Specialists in Feeding & Swallowing)

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

Dietitians

Meaghan Alexander, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC

Catherine Hanley, MS, RD, LDN

Jill Israelite, RD, LDN, CNSC, CSP

Occupational Therapist

Allison Osipow, MA, MS, OTR/L

Sharon P. Serinsky, MS, OTR/L

Nurse Practitioner

Kristen Swartz, FNP - BC

Feeding Psychology Fellow

Christine Cooper-Vince, PhD

Social Worker

Judy Burrows, MSW, LICSW

Fellow

Meg Simione, PhD, CCC-SLP

Patient Resources

News

  • Toddler Rebounds from Dangerous Feeding Disorder - 8/14/2017, Mass General

    The newly expanded Center for Feeding and Nutrition works with children with feeding disorders who struggle to consume enough food to survive.

  • Infant Intervention: Saving Mihaly - 4/26/2017, Mass General

    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.

  • Finding Success and Overcoming Fears Through the Pediatric Feeding Program - 8/9/2016, Mass General

    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.

  • Compassionate Care Helps Patient Find Love for New Foods - 4/11/2016, Mass General

    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.

  • The Role of Food Access in Your Child's Health - 1/25/2016, Mass General

    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.

  • Introducing Solid Foods to Babies - 11/18/2015, Mass General

    Dr. Lauren Feichtner, director of nutrition at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, discusses the best methods for introducing solid foods to babies.

Contact

Contact Us

Pediatric Nutrition Center

  • Near Public Transit
  • Phone: 617-726-8705

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.

Center for Feeding & Nutrition 617-724-0770

Raising Healthy Hearts: 617-726-3826

Donate Now

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