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Infant Feeding Journey for a NICU Patient: Part 2 – Steps to Feeding Success and Parent Education

Speakers (Click for bio)

  • Liz Drake
  • Elizabeth Jeanson
  • Kristina Russo
    Mom to Olivia and Chloe, AU.D. Doctor of Audiology
  • Matt Russo
    Dad to Olivia and Chloe
Originally presented: February 23, 2022

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Liz Drake: Receives salary as Co-owner of EngageGrowThrive, LLC; No nonfinancial disclosures.
Elizabeth Jeanson: No relevant financial disclosures. Nonfinancial disclosures: DandeLION Clinical Consultant
Kristina Russo: No relevant financial disclosures. Nonfinancial disclosure: speaker is the mother of the child discussed in the webinar.
Matt Russo: No relevant financial disclosures. Nonfinancial disclosure: speaker is the father of the child discussed in the webinar.


The journey to successful oral feedings for preterm and sick infants and their families in the NICU can be arduous. There are many strategies the NICU interprofessional team can integrate into practice throughout the journey to maximize potential feeding success. Part 1 prepared us for the feeding journey. Part 2 will focus on practical examples to support infants and families toward the destination. Speakers will review how feeding cultures in the NICU set up the feeding experience by supporting the action of feeding, assessing readiness cues, energy reserves, inconsistency of performance, and other confounding factors. Each team member involved in the care of a preterm infant plays a role in feeding success as we provide important feedback about parent understanding and needs, infant performance and progress towards coordination. Presentation will conclude with the importance in understanding that the infant is the leader of the feeding team, and our understanding of their language is what leads to a positive, successful, and enjoyable feeding experience for the infant and family.

Learning Outcomes

After attending this webinar, the participant will be able to:

  1. List 2 practical clinical strategies that can help prepare families for the feeding experience in the NICU.
  2. Discuss 3 feeding competencies that help lay the foundation for feeding success between the co-regulated relationship of infant and care-provider.
  3. Discuss 2 topics for parent education related to the importance of understanding maturational age in assessing feeding readiness.

Timed Agenda
  • 1:00 – 1:05 Introduction
  • 1:05 – 1:15 Creating a roadmap for the journey
  • 1:15 – 1:30 What are we expecting from the infant?
  • 1:30 – 1:45 NICU Feeding culture; language, practices, role modeling
  • 1:45 – 1:50 Summary
  • 1:50 – 2:00 Questions/Answers

Instruction Method

Live webinar includes lecture, PowerPoint slides, handouts, question and answer session, learning assessment and course evaluation. On-demand webinar includes lecture, PowerPoint slides, handouts, recorded question and answer session, learning assessment and course evaluation.

Course Completion Requirements

The learner must view the entire webinar, complete the course evaluation, and complete the post-webinar learning assessment to receive education credit. Login and logout times will be recorded and documented.

Learners must complete the entire course to receive ASHA CEUs. No partial credit awarded. ASHA CE Provider approval and use of the Brand Block does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.
(NOTE: ASHA CEUs available for the live webinar on February 23, 2022 only.)

Nursing: Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #16677 for 1 Contact Hour. Participant required to attend 80% of the activity to receive CE.

Dr. Brown’s Medical is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. PD activity approval ID #0000003997. This webinar is offered at 0.1 CEUs, educational level, Intermediate. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.


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