About The Infant-Driven Feeding™ Program

Yes, we’re on a mission.

Mission:

To lead the advancement of neonatal oral feeding practice by providing globally accessible specialized education for healthcare professionals.

Vision:

All infants in intensive or special care nurseries will experience oral feeding as a pleasurable human interaction that facilitates bonding, supports lifelong development and contributes to overall growth and nutrition.

History of Infant-Driven Feeding

In October 2018, Dr. Brown’s® Medical acquired Infant-Driven Feeding®, LLC, a neonatal education company focused on improving oral feeding outcomes for premature and sick infants from founders Sue Ludwig, OTR/L, CNT and Kara Ann Waitzman, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC.

Ludwig and Waitzman authored the widely used program, the assessment and documentation tool the Infant-Driven Feeding® Scales, as well as created the ebook 7 Risky Mistakes NICUs Make with Oral Feeding Practice Every Day.  As a result of the acquisition, Dr. Brown’s® Medical has the baton and will carry on.

“Dr. Brown’s® Medical is uniquely and expertly positioned to meet the ongoing needs of neonatal professionals,” stated Ludwig and Waitzman.

Dr. Brown’s™ Medical is devoted to developing feeding products designed to support positive, long-term outcomes that allow for evidence-based, safe and cost-effective care. Skilled neonatal care providers along with developmental feeding specialists rely on Dr. Brown’s® products at each feeding as they foster parental confidence and infant feeding skills for a smooth transition home from the NICU.

“The acquisition of The Infant-Driven Feeding™ Program (IDF™) offers us an opportunity to expand neonatal education to health care specialists and families,” stated Sandi Aubuchon, President of Dr. Brown’s™ Medical. “Research shows that the implementation of the The Infant-Driven Feeding™ Program helps provide a 26 percent decrease in the time to initiation of full oral feeds and a 51 percent decrease in length of stay for infants born less than 32 weeks gestational age. Coupling this program with Dr. Brown’s® Zero-Resistance™ bottle system and consistent, reliable nipple flow rates will provide successful and positive feeding experiences for infants from the start.”

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