Nutrition outpatient services are available in group settings or individual consultations. The following services are available.
Individual appointments with a Registered Dietitian* for medical nutrition therapy are available to patients who are not able to participate in group programs. Appointments for individual consultations with a Registered Dietitian can be scheduled on an outpatient basis. Medical nutrition therapy is a service that involves a comprehensive assessment of your child’s overall nutritional status, followed by interventions for a personalized course of treatment for a wide variety of conditions and disorders such as weight management, congenital heart defects, slowed growth, elevated cholesterol, and food allergies to name only a few.
* Registered Dietitians (RD) are specialized practitioners with academic and professional training in nutrition and are credentialed through the national credentialing agency, the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
Lactation Consultants at Children’s are certified (IBCLC) by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners. They are professional breastfeeding specialists trained to help mothers with a variety of issues. Lactation consultants are available to help with breastfeeding problems such as breast infections, engorgement, clogged nipples, milk production issues or positioning problems, and can answer questions you may have about breastfeeding or equipment used to support breastfeeding.
Lactation consultants work with infants including neonates and premature infants with feeding difficulties and/or complex medical conditions and older infants with chronic conditions. Lactation consultants work with moms of critically ill infants to support breast milk production, troubleshoot lactation or feeding difficulties, and initiate feedings.
Lactation consultants provide services and support for breastfeeding employees for successful transition back to work.
Lactation consultants provide comprehensive assessments of the breastfeeding infant or infant who is fed human milk, and implement an individualized plan based on the needs of you and your baby. The consultation sessions include counseling, problem solving and goal setting.
Who might benefit from a Lactation Consultation?
To schedule an appointment for lactation consultation, call 638-6600.
Why choose a Registered Dietitian?
Registered Dietitians have the skills and knowledge to translate nutrition science into practical information.
Studies show that Medical Nutrition Therapy can:
Registered Dietitians at Children’s:
Top 10 Reasons to Refer Your Patients to a Registered Dietitian:
Have questions about how to refer a patient for nutrition services at Children’s? Please refer to our frequently asked questions regarding outpatient referrals for nutrition services. Once the appropriate authorizations and all necessary records have been obtained, then we will contact your patient’s family to schedule a consultation.
How do I refer a patient for an outpatient nutrition consultation?
Please fax [(205) 638-6047] the following items to our office:
A completed Outpatient Medical Nutrition Therapy Referral Form is needed. Outpatient referrals will be scheduled on a first come first serve basis with a physician’s referral.
Please call (205) 638-9204 for appointment scheduling or for further questions.
Patient families will need to bring with them to their appointment:
Information for parents/caregivers regarding what to expect during the nutrition/lactation consultation may be found on this website.