Happy New Year! As we begin this year, we enter an exciting chapter in our organization's history. 2016 marks the 10-year anniversary of our vision to conquer pediatric feeding struggles, and I am so proud of the progress we have made. When my husband, Bob, and I founded this organization in 2006, we understood the impact pediatric feeding struggles has on families but what we didn't imagine was the sheer number of families affected around the world.
Over the last 10 years, Feeding Matters has led the movement for shining a light on pediatric feeding struggles. We began by convening world-renowned feeding experts, for the first time ever, to discuss the systematic barriers to early identification and treatment. With their guidance, Feeding Matters developed a feeding questionnaire to increase communication about early warning signs, a directory of healthcare providers to more easily find feeding specialists, a parent-to-parent support program to provide hope for families, along with educational and training resources to better treat and diagnose children who struggle to eat.
Now, these experts are working to create a name and identity to better define the severity and impact of "pediatric feeding struggles." With this, families will be united under one name and a platform will be created to finally achieve a collective understanding through research, prevalence data, and the economic impact of this medical disorder. Thank you for believing in our mission and vision. We are only conquering pediatric feeding struggles because of your continued support and we are incredibly grateful!
I look forward to continuing to celebrate our 10th anniversary with you throughout 2016!
Founder & Board Chair