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Our program

The Feeding, Swallowing and Nutrition Program is one of only a handful of pediatric programs in the country that offers a truly interdisciplinary approach to feeding, swallowing and nutrition disorders. We specialize in medically complex children, and our team's vast experience, interdisciplinary perspective and commitment to research makes our program a destination for families seeking the best care for: 

  • Failure to thrive, poor weight gain and weight loss
  • Feeding disorders
  • Oral motor and oral sensory problems
  • Swallowing disorders

Team-based, family-centered care

The Feeding team at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin understands that no two feeding issues are the same. Specialists at Children's take an interdisciplinary, team-based approach to care for children with feeding disorders. Children and families have the benefit of meeting with an entire team of specialists, in the same room, at the same time. That means your child gets the fastest, most comprehensive care, designed just for him or her. Our Feeding team includes a variety of specialists all trained in pediatrics:

  • Physicians
  • Nurse clinicians
  • Registered dietitians
  • Speech and language pathologists
  • Psychologists 

Other specialists may be consulted as needed. In addition, we work closely with your child's primary care physician, therapist or other specialist to ensure consistency of care.

See the full Feeding team.

While we offer a complete team of specialists, no one is a more important member of your child's treatment team than you and your family. We are here to help your child get well, and your support, encouragement and guidance will keep your child on the path to a healthy life.

Approaches to treatment


Outpatient treatment is the type of treatment the majority of our patients experience. Healthy habits start at home, so it's important to us that your child gets into the habit of living with his or her treatment plan at home as soon as possible.Learn about your first appointment.

Intensive Outpatient

Intensive outpatient treatment is for children who need a little more help making the transition to their healthy lifestyle. In this case, your child has several appointments with us over the course of 3 to 5 days. 

Intensive Inpatient

Our Feeding Program is one of only two centers that has an intensive inpatient treatment option. Intensive inpatient treatment is always our last resort, only considered if it is medically necessary. A very small percentage of children enter this program, which involves a 2-week stay. This stay involves ongoing assessments with 24-hour supervision, intensive feeding therapy, as well as training and education for families to ensure successful oral feeding at home. Learn more about our Inpatient Behavioral Feeding Program.

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Leaders in research and advocacy

Research and advocacy is integral to what we do. Learn more about the latest work our program is doing to ensure we are providing the best care to our patients and families.