Feeding Therapy/ Lactation Support

"What could be more important than a

little something to eat?"

- Winnie the Pooh

Outpatient Pediatric Feeding Therapy/ Lactation Support
services in  the Tri-Cities area.   

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Our Goal

Providing you and your child with the skills and tools needed to make mealtime enjoyable and productive is the MILK TO OUR SHAKE!  Our goal is to facilitate functional changes that result in your child expanding their food intake at their own pace.  We work with you to determine which foods you would like to introduce or re-introduce into your child’s diet.  With your child’s help and without force-feeding, we make accepting new foods fun again!

A FEEDING EVALUATION may be the next step for your child if:

- there is pain / difficulty when nursing or bottle-feeding
 

- mealtimes are dreaded by family members

- there is gagging or vomiting during mealtime
 

- they spit food out during meals

- they drool excessively

-they are a picky eater

- they are having difficulty transitioning from the bottle/breast to cup drinking

Our Approach

Feeding therapy/lactation support takes place in your child’s natural environment. We work with a variety of feeding, swallowing, sensory and oral-motor needs at a variety of ages. Initially a feeding and oral-motor evaluation will take place. We look at the whole child when determining the best treatment options.

If treatment is warranted we will use a combination of exercises in therapy to help improve skills in the following areas:

- Lactation / Bottle Feeding Support
- Food Chaining
- Pre and Post Frenectomy Support
- Beckman Oral-Motor Treatment Techniques
- Talk Tools Sensori-Motor approach to feeding and/or other Talk Tools' approaches