Infant Nutrition Clinic
Proper nutrition is critical to the long-term growth of all newborns, but especially for premature infants and low birth-weight babies. Since they don’t accumulate valuable nutrient stores needed for growth that fullterm babies do, they have special nutritional needs. For most, un-supplemented breast milk or term formula does not meet these needs.
For example, more than 70% of a baby’s bone mass is developed in the last trimester, meaning pre-term infants not only need extra calories and protein, but also extra calcium and phosphorus to build strong bones.
Nutrition Counseling and Education
Overlake’s infant nutrition education at the Parent & Baby Care Center provides follow-up support for parents and their newborns after leaving the hospital. Our registered dietitians, certified by the state of Washington and specially trained in neonatal nutrition, help ensure infants achieve their growth potential.
Nutrition counseling is also available for fullterm babies who are growing at a slower rate than expected. The nutritionist will provide guidance regarding your child’s development and will determine follow-up appointments on an individual basis.
What you can expect at the clinic
At the Parent & Baby Care Center, you will learn how to help your baby get back on track to reach their growth potential. The dietitian will address factors that contribute to lack of growth and make recommendations that will greatly benefit your baby.
A nutrition follow-up includes:
- One-on-one nutrition counseling.
- Discussion of your baby’s growth and nutrition history.
- Interpretation of lab results.
- Recipes tailored to meet your baby’s needs.
- Recommendations to other services, as needed.
You will receive a feeding plan tailored to your baby’s abilities and your desires about breastfeeding and supplementation(including any needed fortification recipes). A copy of the plan will also be faxed to your pediatrician’s office for your baby’s medical records.
All infants with growth concerns are welcome with a pediatrician’s referral. For more information, please contact the Parent & Baby Care Center at (425) 688-5437. To make an appointment, please call (425) 688-5700, option 5.