Did you know children have the innate ability to regulate food intake? Tune into this insightful conversation with Accredited Practising Dietitian Leah Vandervliet, who explores the responsive feeding approach, a feeding style that focuses on the feeding relationship between parent and child. She explains how parents are responsible for the where, when and what of feeding and how the child is responsible for if they eat and how much! Plus, Leah provides practical tips for dietitians working with parents and children on how to implement this approach.



Leah Vandervliet is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with over 15 years experience in paediatric dietetics. She is currently working in a multidisciplinary private practice in Sydney. Leah has extensive experience in a variety of clinical areas, and has a keen interest in nutrition during infancy and early childhood, type 1 diabetes and student dietitian education and training.


In this episode, we discuss:

  • Common feeding challenges in children
  • How fussy eating can influence a parent’s approach to feeding
  • Impacts of feeding challenges on growth and development
  • Why responsive feeding is promoted as the best feeding style for children from birth
  • The suitability of responsive feeding for all children regardless of age and stage
  • Whether oral nutritional supplements play a role in responsive feeding
  • Helpful tips for dietitians implementing the responsive feeding approach

Additional resources

Patient resource: fussy eating

Eat and feed with joy

Fact sheet: Paediatric feeding disorder

Red flags – is this child a candidate for referral?

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