Who We Are

We are Advocates, Educators, Researchers, and Policy Influencers

Established in 2006, Feeding Matters is the first organization in the world uniting the concerns of families with the field’s leading advocates, experts, and allied healthcare professionals to improve the system of care for pediatric feeding disorder through advocacy, education, support, and research.

Defined as impaired oral intake that is not age-appropriate, and is associated with medical, nutritional, feeding skill, and/or psychosocial dysfunction, pediatric feeding disorder is estimated to affect more than 2.3 Million children under the age of 5 in the United States1.

For these children, eating, drinking, and swallowing are painful and frightening – ultimately affecting their behavioral, physical, and emotional development. Yet, there is no functional system of care for pediatric feeding disorder locally, nationally, or internationally.

OUR MISSION

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

OUR VISION

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

Values

  • Innovation
  • Credibility
  • Collaboration
  • Determination
  • Understanding

Innovation

We are partners in the latest developments to advance the research and treatment of pediatric feeding disorder.

Credibility

We combine practical experience with a deep knowledge of the medical, social, and personal impacts of pediatric feeding disorder.

Collaboration

We work with healthcare professionals, families, and the community to ensure all facets of pediatric feeding disorder are addressed.

Determination

We are deeply committed to promoting awareness and understanding of pediatric feeding disorder and its impact on people’s lives.

Understanding

We provide perspective, context, and compassion for the children, families, and healthcare professionals impacted by pediatric feeding disorder every day.

1. 1. Manikam R, Perman JA. Pediatric feeding disorders. J Clin Gastroenterol. 2000;30(1):34-46. Reau NR, Senturia YD, Lebailly SA, Christoffel KK. Infant and toddler feeding patterns and problems: normative data and a new direction. Pediatric Practice Research Group. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 1996;17(3):149-153.