Our Philosophy

  • Families/caregivers are the lead member of the child’s treatment team and should be respected in this way.
  • PFD may impact function in any of the four domains. A comprehensive assessment includes screening or evaluation of medical, nutritional, feeding skill, and psychosocial factors. Professionals from each domain may not be available within a single practice or institution. A comprehensive assessment and management plan often requires multiple professionals working collaboratively to support the family and child.
  • There are no identified best practices for intervention. This is due to the lack of longitudinal information available in the current research, and the heterogeneous nature of the population of children with pediatric feeding disorder. As a result, we believe it is critical that a) a family’s definition of success be incorporated into treatment planning; b) treatment philosophies may not be equally appropriate for all children and c) that families should be well informed about all services that exist.
  • We believe multiple perspectives are necessary to create a functional system of care. This includes not only families and healthcare professionals but also partners who represent insurance companies, academia, public health, legislators, community-based service providers, and others.

Ethical Standards for Collaboration

Feeding Matters partners with corporate sponsors and other partners to collaborate on awareness, education, and research initiatives that further the organization’s mission.  Feeding Matters does not endorse any products and maintains transparency about funding of projects.  The organization’s role is a conduit of information with healthcare professionals, families/caregivers, and community members about pediatric feeding disorder. Click here to read the entire Feeding Matters’ Code of Ethical Conduct.


Furthering advances in pediatric feeding disorder by accelerating identification, igniting research, and promoting collaborative care for children and families.


A world in which children with pediatric feeding disorder will thrive.