The Feeding Matters Workshop, “Setting Up for Success After the NICU” will help parents, caretakers and professionals living and working with children being discharged from the NICU to be as successful of eaters as possible. Dr. Toomey will discuss how very complicated feeding babies is, as well as when and why children may begin to struggle with their feedings/eating across the first 2-3 years of their lives. At each developmental time point, Dr. Toomey will give strategies for Setting Up Your Child For Success in order to guide them towards a path of developing a healthy, lifelong relationship with food.


1.To understand the complexity of feeding, and when and why children born prematurely may struggle with their eating after their NICU discharge.

2.To outline strategies for helping your child be a successful eater after the NICU.

3.To identify the Red Flags that indicate your child may need extra feeding help.

Speaker Credentials

Dr. Kay A. Toomey is a Pediatric Psychologist who has worked with children who don’t eat for almost 30 years. She has developed the SOS Approach to Feeding as a family centered program for assessing and treating children with feeding problems. Dr. Toomey speaks nationally and internationally about her approach. She also acts as a consultant to Gerber Products. Dr. Toomey helped to form The Children’s Hospital – Denver’s Pediatric Oral Feeding Clinic, as well as the Rose Medical Center’s Pediatric Feeding Center. Dr. Toomey co-chaired the Pediatric Therapy Services Department at Rose Medical Center prior to entering private practice. Dr. Toomey acted as the Clinical Director for Toomey & Associates, Inc.’s Feeding Clinic for six years and SOS Feeding Solutions at STAR Institute for eight years. Dr. Toomey is currently the President of Toomey & Associates, Inc., and acts as a Clinical Consultant to the Feeding Clinic at STAR Institute.