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Debra's Story

Debra AlvarezAs a working mum with two young girls who have busy after-school schedules, I face the challenge of nutritious breakfasts, healthy school lunches and wholesome dinners every day. I worry that they are eating too much packaged food and not enough fresh vegetables. I try new meals with mixed results and I have days when I throw my hands up in the air and we have toasted sandwiches for dinner. Once we even had pancakes with ice-cream. That was a huge hit! Without leftovers we would never survive.

So when I started my practice in 2009, specialising in feeding difficulties in babies and children, I knew that a non-judgemental attitude, realistic expectations, achievable recommendations and easy to follow strategies were paramount.

Eating is a life long journey. Like any journey, there are sometimes challenges along the way. Feeding difficulties can be very stressful. Progress can happen in a matter of days or weeks or can be slow and steady. What matters is that you are heading in the right direction. I see my role as guiding you in the right direction, supporting you to take the small steps and celebrating each step along the way.

Experience

Having graduated from Stellenbosch University, South Aftrica in 1996, I worked in New Zealand and the UK where I completed additional post graduate training in paediatric feeding.

On arrival in Sydney in 2003, I chose to specialising in paediatric feeding difficulties. I have worked at Sydney Children’s and St George Hospitals. I have extensive clinical experience in working with babies, toddlers and children with a range of feeding difficulties. I attend regular professional development and am trained in the SOS Approach to Feeding as well as in a number of other feeding programs and techniques.