Nutrition in the First Year
Essential Building Blocks for Infants and Neonates
Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 8am-5pm
Friday, October 22, 2021 - 8am -12:30pm
Shell Island Resort, Wrightsville Beach, NC
NOTE: Currently, we plan to have this conference live and in person. We will continue to update this posting if that changes.
Building a strong foundation for a healthy life starts with infancy. Good nutrition in the first year of a child’s life provides the essential building blocks for optimal brain development and healthy growth. This conference will focus on nutrition through the first year of life as it relates to prematurity, neonatal disease processes and the importance of human milk.  Through a multidisciplinary approach, attendees will learn and understand the role and importance of nutrition in early postnatal life.

LEARNING OUTCOME: Upon the completion of this activity, participants will be able to identify the first year essential nutritional needs of infants and neonates.


Conference Objectives:

At the conclusion of this activity participants will be able to:

  1. Identify nutritional and therapeutic management strategies for medical conditions presenting in the first year of life

  2. Describe the importance of human milk and identify considerations for redefining breastfeeding success 

  3. Understand the unique challenges of orally feeding the medically complex infant.

  4. Apply neonatal/pediatric pharmacotherapy interventions that strive to improve nutritional status

Target Audience:
Pediatricians, PAs, Neonatologists, Neonatal/Pediatric/Family Nurse Practitioners, General Medicine, Family Medicine, Pediatric Gastroenterologists, Dietitians, RNs, LPNs, APRNs, Physician Assistants, Pharmacists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists and related fields.

Confirmed Topics
Probiotics, Prebiotics, and Synbiotics –A Dash of this, and Splash of that to Achieve Host Immune Health Through the Microbiome
Benjamin Gold, MD
Director, Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Food Allergies
Raquel Durban MS, RD, CSP, LDN
Food Allergy Institute of Charlotte

Reflux Spit Happens…or What Comes up, Sometimes Come Out: Evidence-based
Approach to Differentiating GER from GERD                           

Benjamin Gold, MD
Director, Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
From Fetus to Follow-up                    
Michael Georgieff, MD
Martin Lenz Harrison Land Grant Chair
University of Minnesota

Redefining Breastfeeding Success by Defining Lactation Acuity
Gloria Dudney, RN, IBCLC, RLC
First Choice Pediatric
Johnson City, Tennessee
How to Nourish our Preterm Babies and Heal the Lung
Fernando Moya, MD
Coastal Children’s Services
Wilmington, NC
Short Gut
Alishia Mavis, MD
Pediatric Liver Transplant Specialist,
Pediatric Small Intestine Transplant
Specialist, Duke Health

Sierra Nager, RD
Pediatric Abdominal Transplant Dietitian Duke University Hospital

Transitioning from Tube Feedings to Oral Feedings and the Importance of Oral Therapy, with a Focus on Infants
Erin Sundseth Ross, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Founder Feeding FUNdamentals
Diagnosis and Management of
Dysphagia in Infants

Lauren L. Madhoun, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
Speech Language Pathologist
Neonatal-Pediatric Pharmacotherapy, Nutrition
Support Therapy

Mary Petrea Cober, Pharm.D., BCNSP, BCPPS, FASPEN
NICU Clinical Coordinator, Akron Children’s Hospital  


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2212 S. 17th St Wilmington, NC 28401

Tel: 910-667-2970

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