Welcome to the professionals section of our site. This section of our site is provided for healthcare professionals seeking to increase their knowledge about Feeding Fundamentals and SOFFI®. 

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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 quality of the infant’s oral feeding skill development.  - Dr. Erin Ross, Ph.D. President, Feeding Fundamentals and author of SOFFI®.

We strongly believe oral feeding for infants is a neurobehavioral task; one that begins as the premature and medically fragile infant who continues to grow and develop in the  NICU setting, and well after discharge.  We believe the NICU environment can build a strong foundation for the infant's lifetime of eating experiences.

Historically, feeding interventions offered to infants in the NICU have been concentrated on accelerating the acquisition of oral feeding milestones and on the steady increase of volume intake at each successive oral feeding attempt.

Quality feedings are defined ideally as enjoyable experiences for both the infant and the feeder, during which the infants eats sufficient volumes for appropriate growth.

For both premature and medically fragile infants, quality feedings can be described across three parameters:  Skill, Efficiency, and Endurance.

Once quality feedings are established, the ability to display quality eating skills consistently is the last hurdle from a feeding standpoint, prior to going home.

Typically, quantity is a reflection and an outcome of quality feedings.   It is not "Quantity versus Quality"....


Homeostasis:  The ability to maintain internal regulation in the face of incoming challenges (internal and external).

Feeding is a developmental skill that challenges the homeostasis of the infant.  Initially, infants focus their attention inward - towards stabilizing their physiologic systems (heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate, oxygenation, digestion).

Motor skills and abilities (flexion, movement, tone) reflect the infant's striving towards homeostasis, as does their behavioral state (level of arousal and alertness.)

As the infant achieves some level of homeostasis, they are freed up to turn some of their attention and interaction outwards - towards learning new tasks and achieving a new level of homeostasis. In this context, the feeder can monitor the infant's baseline stability across these subsystems, as described in the Synactive Theory of Behavioral Organization.

While learning any new task, a small perturbation in the baseline stability is expected. However, if the disruption in baseline stability is too great, the infant may avoid learning the new task in support of their more stable level of functioning.



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Professionals or parents  who are seeking general information and resources about neonatal and/or pediatric feeding practices, and an overview of SOFFI™.

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What professionals are saying...

Enhanced my skills

“A comprehensive workshop for feeding. Enhanced my skills.”

Knowledgeable and supportive of our team

“Erin Ross was knowledgeable and supportive of our team.  She skillfully set a tone of respect, collaboration and encouragement.”

Erin is an excellent presenter

"Erin is an excellent presenter. She is very knowledgeable and provides information backed by research and years of practice. She teaches applied knowledge you can use the next day in your practice.”

Erin Ross led a tremendous and dynamic workshop

“Erin Ross led a tremendous and dynamic workshop—extremely thorough and packed with solid, research-based information. I learned a huge amount. My brain feels like it grew a size. Erin’s presentation skills are excellent: to engage an auditorium for 2 days straight is quite an achievement. I like that she incorporates props, videos and photos. Her own presentation style is engaging, relatable/approachable, and very collaborative. Her information and answers to questions were all practical and respectfully communicated. I very much enjoyed these two days. I like how Erin’s approach incorporates the baby and parents’ perspective and experience. Thank you!”

Erin took time to understand

“I appreciated how Erin took time to understand the served population, staff make-up and needs, and our educational goals in her delivery and facilitation of the training. Erin’s presentation had a strong research basis that allows for concrete reflection, coupled with clinical and theory content.”

I learned many new things about specialized bottle feeding.

“I learned many new things about specialized bottle feeding. I was pleasantly surprised at how much this conference validated many strategies I use as an OT."

Excellent course!

“Excellent course! I learned so much that I can take back to my practice. I feel I will be more likely to be able to make better decisions regarding infant feeding.”

Thank you so much for sharing your time with us.

“Erin is most knowledgeable and provides her information in a way that all in attendance can relate to and use techniques in their practice immediately. Thank you so much for sharing your time with us.”

This course is phenomenal!

“This course is phenomenal! It teaches you how to problem-solve and think about all the factors that impact bottle feeding! Erin gives great real-life examples and suggestions that you can put into practice right away. Excellent!"