Clinical Nutrition and Lactation Services

Adequate and proper nutrition is important for a child’s normal growth and development. CHOC Children’s Clinical Nutrition and Lactation Services aims to be a reliable source of nutrition and lactation information for our patients, families and community. We are here to help patients with growth and development, while giving them a foundation for lifelong health and wellness. We provide family-centered, culturally sensitive care that is custom for every individual, using evidence-based techniques and best practices with a multidisciplinary approach.

Contact Us
For more information about CHOC Children’s nutrition services, please call 714-509-4572.

We provide nutrition services on both an outpatient and inpatient basis, depending on our patients’ needs.

Outpatient Nutrition Counseling

One-on-one counseling with a registered dietitian is available with a physician’s referral. Nutrition counseling may be covered by insurance, but families should check with their child’s insurance provider to confirm coverage. Our nutrition consultations may include meal planning, nutrition assessments, monitoring tools, growth evaluations and child/family nutrition education. We help families treat common conditions in children, such as:

Nutrition is also a key component of a number of other conditions a child may have. Our registered dietitians provide nutrition services as part of a multidisciplinary team in many CHOC specialty clinics and programs, including:

Inpatient Nutrition Services

Our dietitians are an important part of a child’s care team while he or she is staying with us in the hospital. We provide comprehensive nutrition services for patients of all ages according to medical need. These services include:

  • Screening patients for nutritional risks
  • Assessing nutritional needs and making recommendations on how to meet them
  • Making recommendations for infant feedings, including breast milk, formula or enteral/tube feeding products
  • Managing the care of patients receiving parenteral nutrition (IV nutrition)
  • Providing nutrition education and diet instructions for families.

Healthy Lifestyle Classes

Nutrition, physical activity and behavior choices are very important when it comes to a child’s health. At CHOC Children’s, we work closely with children and their families to develop healthy lifestyles and prevent serious conditions such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Learn more about our nutrition and lifestyle classes.

Monthly Tips from our Nutrition Experts

Lactation Services

Because nutrition is one of the most important factors in a baby’s health, CHOC Children’s provides lactation services to mothers who wish to breastfeed or pump while their baby is in the hospital. Support is available in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at CHOC and at the CHOC Children’s NICU at St. Joseph Hospital, as well as other CHOC hospital units where babies may receive treatment.

Learn more about our lactation services.

Nutrition Services Just for Athletes

soccer players

Nutrition plays a key role in normal growth, development and performance for young athletes. When children learn about healthy eating early, they establish good habits that will help them improve athletic performance and stay healthy throughout their lives. Nutrition is also important when it comes to recovering from sports-related injuries. Our registered dietitians are experts in sports nutrition and can provide consultations with athletes and teams.

Helpful Nutrition Resources

CHOC's 3-day food log is helpful for tracking your child's eating habits anytime, or in preparation for an appointment with our dietitians. Download your child's food log now.

Health Feature: Current Diet Trends & Kids

Some of the more popular diet trends currently include vegetarian, vegan, Paleo and gluten-free. As adults make decisions about their own diet needs, they may be asking, “Can my child eat the same diet as me?” CHOC registered dietitian Vanessa Chrisman explains which nutrition choices are most suited for children.

girl eating healthy food

Professional Training

Registered Dietitian Pediatric Residency

There are unique challenges that registered dietitians or new registration eligible graduates looking for a transition to pediatrics are facing in our world today. That is why CHOC Children’s RD Residency in Pediatrics Program is committed to ensuring the education, specialized training, and support to assist you into transitioning into a successful, competent, confident pediatric dietitian. Learn more about our Registered Dietitian (RD) Pediatric Residency Program.

RDs in Practice

RDs in Practice is an educational program aimed at advancing clinical knowledge and ideas in specialty areas of pediatric nutrition. Didactic lectures, question/answer sessions and networking opportunities will allow time for attendees to discuss emerging topics, evidence-based practice and solutions to practice dilemmas. View upcoming sessions of RDs in Practice.

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