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Clinical Nutrition and Lactation Services

At Children’s Hospital Los Angeles we have almost 40 Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) who are experts in the field of pediatric clinical nutrition. The RDNs at CHLA practice in a variety of clinical settings with many areas of specific expertise. Our RDNs work closely with the medical team including, physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and various ancillary services. Of most importance, they work closely with our families at CHLA to ensure that patients not only receive exceptional nutrition care specific to their needs during their inpatient stay, but continuity of care in our specialty ambulatory clinics. We cover a multitude of diagnoses across the age spectrum from prematurity to 22 years of age.


The Clinical Nutrition & Lactation Services team works with many different services and clinics at CHLA, including:

  • Acute and Critical Care Nutrition Support
  • Adolescent Medicine-Risk Reduction Clinic
  • Allergy /Immunology Clinic
  • Cardiology Clinic
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery Clinic
  • Cranio-Facial Clinic
  • Endocrine/Diabetes Clinics
  • Gastroenterology Clinics
  • General Outpatient Counseling Clinic
  • General Pediatrics Clinic (AltaMed)
  • Hematology and Oncology Clinics
  • Hemodialysis Clinic
  • High Risk Early Intervention Clinic
  • Lactation Consultation Services
  • Liver Transplant Clinic
  • Medical Genetics Clinic
  • Muscular Dystrophy Clinic
  • Neonatology
  • Nephrology Clinic
  • Neurology Clinic with Ketogenic Diet Clinic
  • Nutrition Support Team/Home Parenteral Nutrition
  • Pulmonary and Cystic Fibrosis Clinics
  • Rehabilitative nutrition
  • Rheumatology Clinic
  • Spina Bifida Clinic


Pediatric Nutrition Symposium

Every August, the Clinical Nutrition and Lactation Service hosts an annual 1-day pediatric nutrition symposium, GROW: Gateway to Reaching Optimal Weight. RDNs, Dietetics Students/Interns, DTR, MD, OT/PT, SLP, RN, SW are invited and CEUs are offered. For more information, contact the GROW team.

Dietetic Internship

CHLA has affiliation agreements with various institutions, including the VA, USC, and the UCEDD at CHLA to provide training for Dietetic Interns. Please contact Stephanie Sanborn at 323-361-6044 for all other inquiries.