Welcome to Feeding FUNdamentals

Making Feeding FUNdamentally BetterTM

“…Infant feeding is a matter of infant-mother relationship, a putting into practice of a love relationship between two human beings.” – D. W. Winnicott

 

Dr. Ross leaning over baby bottles with nipples for preemie babies.“Our commitment is to infants and their families, and the professionals working with them. We will continue to work hard to ‘change the conversation’ to one focused on the infant-family relationship, the quality of the infant’s oral feeding skill development, and on building a strong foundation for eating based on pleasurable feeding experiences.”

– Erin Ross, PhD, CCC-SLP, CLC, President, Feeding FUNdamentals LLC and author of SOFFI®.

 

We strongly believe that eating is a neurodevelopmental and neurobehavioral task for infants. For many infants, the ability to eat begins in an Intensive Care Unit, but for all infants these skills continue to develop well after they have gone home from the hospital. We believe early feeding experiences build a critical foundation for a lifetime of pleasurable mealtimes. We believe the NICU environment can build a strong foundation for the infants’ lifetime of eating experiences.

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SOFFI® TRAININGS

You decide the best way to attend a SOFFI® training. We offer a variety of options to take these amazing courses! Online / Hybrid / Live Virtual

ONLINE COURSES

Looking for an individual course? There are MANY different pre-recorded courses you can take from the comfort of your own home.

SYSTEM-WIDE TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

Consultation and training available to support NICU and early intervention efforts in shifting from task-oriented to individualized feeding practice.

Dr. Ross outside sitting on a railing, smiling.

About Erin Sundseth Ross, PhD, CCC-SLP, CLC

Dr. Ross has spent over 30 years working with infants and young children who are learning to eat, or who have developed a pediatric feeding disorder. She has worked extensively in the NICU setting, the early intervention and home settings, and in hospital- and clinic-based programs. Her work in the NICU and in Early Intervention has focused on shifting attention from volume-driven to infant-led feedings. Dr. Ross sees early feeding experiences as well as the parent-infant relationship as foundational for a life-long love of eating.

Throughout her career, she has developed programs to support the earliest feedings in hospital and early intervention settings, with the goal of decreasing feeding challenges both before and after discharge.

About Erin Sundseth Ross, PhD, CCC-SLP, CLC

Dr. Ross has spent over 30 years working with infants and young children who are learning to eat, or who have developed a pediatric feeding disorder. She has worked extensively in the NICU setting, the early intervention/home setting, and in clinic-based programs. Her work in the NICU and in Early Intervention has focused on shifting attention from volume-driven to infant-led feedings. Dr. Ross sees early feeding experiences as well as the parent-infant relationship as foundational for a life-long love of eating.

Throughout her career, she has developed programs to support the earliest feedings in hospital and early intervention settings, with the goal of decreasing feeding challenges both before and after discharge.

MISSION STATEMENT

We are passionate about helping all fragile infants live and thrive by providing accessible evidence-based education on infant feeding and nutrition, emphasizing neuroprotective caregiving and family inclusion.

Worldwide Training

Join us at one of our many trainings held throughout the year around the globe, or enjoy virtual training online from the comfort of your own home.

Join us!

See everything Dr. Erin and Feeding FUNdamentals has to offer by signing up for one of our free memberships!

We have two levels of free membership! For those who have previous SOFFI® experience, and those who have none.

Testimonials

Videos show what to pay attention to

“The videos were great learning tools. Dr. Ross expertly described what we should notice and pay attention to so that we could determine how well the feeding is going.”

-Elizabeth W.

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2018-08-27T19:45:29-06:00

-Elizabeth W.

“The videos were great learning tools. Dr. Ross expertly described what we should notice and pay attention to so that we could determine how well the feeding is going.”

Supporting professionals and working with families

I greatly appreciate Erin’s approach to training, supporting professionals and working with families. I am excited and honored to learn from her any chance I get.”

-Sarah M., LCSW

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2018-08-27T19:52:13-06:00

-Sarah M., LCSW

I greatly appreciate Erin’s approach to training, supporting professionals and working with families. I am excited and honored to learn from her any chance I get.”

Can’t wait to implement this practice into my therapy.

“Loved this conference. The organization of it was great. Starting with the “why” the first day was so informative. Loved the hands-on practice and practical applications. I’m so glad I chose this conference. Can’t wait to implement this practice into my therapy. I will be watching for Homeostasis throughout the session!”

-Lauren N.

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2018-08-27T19:49:35-06:00

-Lauren N.

“Loved this conference. The organization of it was great. Starting with the “why” the first day was so informative. Loved the hands-on practice and practical applications. I’m so glad I chose this conference. Can’t wait to implement this practice into my therapy. I will be watching for Homeostasis throughout the session!”

I learned many new ideas about feeding

“Even for an old NICU nurse like me, I still learned many new ideas about feeding fragile preemies that will benefit baby and family.”

 

-Dawn E., RN

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2018-08-27T19:51:05-06:00

-Dawn E., RN

“Even for an old NICU nurse like me, I still learned many new ideas about feeding fragile preemies that will benefit baby and family.”  

Clear Perspective and Confidence

“Dr. Ross has finally given me clear perspective on what to look for in successful and challenging infant feeding. Huge boost to my confidence.”

-Lyall P.

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2018-08-27T19:44:14-06:00

-Lyall P.

“Dr. Ross has finally given me clear perspective on what to look for in successful and challenging infant feeding. Huge boost to my confidence.”
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Comments from SOFFI® Trainees

Dr. Ross and Feeding FUNdamentals offer virtual SOFFI® (Supporting Oral Feeding in Fragile Infants) training around the globe. Here are a few grateful clinicians who have completed the training.

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