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Center for Feeding & Nutrition
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 helping children with elevated body mass indexes achieve 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 about the Raising Healthy Hearts Program.
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, Director of Nutrition Victoria Martin, MD, MPH
Allan Goldstein, MD
Rebecca Baars, MS,CCC-SLP Martha Bargmann, 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 Jill Israelite, RD, LDN, CNSC, CSP Taylor Kingston, RD, LDN, CNSC
Sharon P. Serinsky, MS, OTR/L
Sarah Shea, PhD
Judy Burrows, MSW, LICSW
Meg Simione, PhD, CCC-SLP
For the first few months of her life, Quinnlyn Fisher relied on a feeding tube. Gagging and vomiting, along with a host of health issues, made feeding a struggle for Quinnlyn, who was born premature at just under 28 weeks. With care and support from her family and care team at the Center for Feeding and Nutrition at MGHfC, Quinnlyn no longer gags or vomits, and relishes in foods full of flavor and color.
In no uncertain terms, Penny Clark will tell you what she likes and dislikes when it comes to certain foods. Born at 26 weeks premature with severe feeding issues, Penny received treatment at MGHfC's Center for Feeding and Nutrition and is now a 3-year-old preschooler who eagerly fills her plate and her belly.
Grey Greenough, 2, has always been a little guy, but don’t be fooled – he has learned to have a big appetite, thanks to his dedicated family and the care he received from the Center for Pediatric Feeding and Nutrition at MGHfC.
This year, MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) celebrated its 10th annual Research Day, an event that recognizes the pioneering research of investigators throughout the hospital whose discoveries help to better understand childhood health and disease.
MGHfC is pleased to announce the launch of the Neonatal Hepatology Program, a novel multidisciplinary program that allows for the careful evaluation and management of distinct and complex liver disease in newborns.
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 and 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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