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How Tube Fed Babies Can Become Independent Eaters with Jennifer Berry, MS, OT/L and Heidi Liefer Moreland, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CLC

  • WHY trust in the feeding relationship is so important regardless of whether baby is weaning from breast, bottle or feeding tube, and HOW parents and caregivers can help establish that trust with baby.
  • HOW families with babies on feeding tubes can be advocates for independent feeding and weaning off of the tube...even when the healthcare team may not be convinced weaning is possible
Katie Ferraro

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Many babies on tube feedings can learn to become independent eaters. In this episode feeding therapists Jennifer Berry, MS, OT/L and Heidi Liefer Moreland, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CLC explain the challenges facing families of babies that rely on tube feeds for nutrition. They often face the realities of no exit strategy from the tube, lack of communication among the healthcare team and a misunderstanding of the developmental abilities and feeding needs of the individual babies.

Heidi and Jenny share how their intensive feeding tube weaning programs work. They talk about the important foundations of responsive feeding that can benefit all parents and caregivers, as well as the need to build trust in the feeding relationship and implement Satter’s Division of Responsibility in all stages of feeding. As feeding therapists Jenny and Heidi advocate for helping babies achieve feeding milestones, albeit with variability and starting where each child is at. They believe that the majority of feeding interventions should address the child’s skill, their need to overcome aversion and their ability to self-feed.

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Jennifer Berry, MS, OT/L and Heidi Liefer Moreland, MS, CCC-SLP, BC-S, CLC

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In this episode I’m interviewing feeding therapists and specialists in feeding tube weaning Jennifer Berry and heidi Liefer Moreland. They’re sharing HOW babies on tube feedings can learn to become independent eaters, including:

  • WHY trust in the feeding relationship is so important regardless of whether baby is weaning from breast, bottle or feeding tube, and HOW parents and caregivers can help establish that trust with baby.

  • HOW families with babies on feeding tubes can be advocates for independent feeding and weaning off of the tube...even when the healthcare team may not be convinced weaning is possible

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