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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:Unfortunately this conference has been postponed again. We are currently looking at April 7-8, 2022. Updated info will be here, Eventbrite or Facebook. We apologize and appreciate your patience.
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.

Conference Topics
Redefining Breastfeeding Success by Defining Lactation Acuity
Gloria Dudney, RN, BSN, IBCLC, RLC
Registered Nurse, Lactation Consultant
Director of Lactation Services
ETSU HealthDepartment of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Johnson City, Tennessee
Practical Nutrition Management: Non-Ig EMediated Food Allergy
Raquel Durban MS, RD, CSP, LDN
Registered Dietician
Carolina Asthma & Allergy Center
Charlotte, NC
Reflux Spit Happens…Evidence-based
Approach to Differentiating GER from GERD                           
Benjamin D. Gold, MD, FAAP, FACG
Children’s Center for Digestive Healthcare, LLCGi Care for Kids, LLC
Atlanta, GA
Diagnosis and Management of Dysphagia in Infants
Lauren L. Madhoun, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
Speech Language Pathologist
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Columbus, OH
Short Bowel Syndrome: Hospital to Home
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, PhD, CCC-SLP        
President, Feeding FUNdamentals, LLC
Longmont, Colorado
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2021 (neonatal-focused)
Iron: From Fetus to Follow-up                    
Michael Georgieff, MD
Martin Lenz Harrison Land Grant Chair
Professor in Pediatrics and the Institute of Child Development
University of Minnesota
How to Nourish our Preterm Babies and Heal the Lung
Fernando Moya, MD
Coastal Children’s Services
Wilmington, NC
Neonatal-Pediatric Pharmacotherapy, Nutrition
Support Therapy

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