Infant Feeding Technician - Clinical Food Services (1.0 FTE, Rotating)

Category: Facilities, Food Services, Housekeeping, Nursing Assistants and Technicians
Job Type: Full-Time
Shift: Rotating
Req: 19263
FTE: 1

United Health Workers

1.0 FTE, 8 Hour Rotating Shift

At Stanford Children’s Health, we know world-renowned care begins with world-class caring. That's why we combine advanced technologies and breakthrough discoveries with family-centered care. It's why we provide our caregivers with continuing education and state-of-the-art facilities, like the newly remodeled Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. And it's why we need caring, committed people on our team - like you. Join us on our mission to heal humanity, one child and family at a time.

Job Summary

This paragraph summarizes the general nature, level and purpose of the job.

Responsible for the calculation, preparation, labeling, storage and delivery of all feedings in the NICU and assigned areas. This will include human milk feedings as well as ready to feed formula. The Milk Lab Technician must adhere to all food safety and sanitation regulations and standards established by regulating agencies and the medical center. May assist with call center functions.

Essential Functions

The essential functions listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification.  They are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities.  Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Employees must abide by all Joint Commission Requirements including but not limited to sensitivity to cultural diversity, patient care, patient rights and ethical treatment, safety and security of physical environments, emergency management, teamwork, respect for others, participation in ongoing education and training, communication and adherence to safety and quality programs, sustaining compliance with National Patient Safety Goals, and licensure and health screenings.

Must perform all duties and responsibilities in accordance with the hospital’s policies and procedures, including its Service Standards and its Code of Conduct.

  • Retrieves, reviews and verifies patient human milk and/or formula orders via EMR; Prepares human milk and/or formula according to provider orders using aseptic technique. Responsible for correct calculation, preparation, dispensing and monitoring of specialized formula, modulated infant or pediatric formulas, human milk, and medical nutrition supplements.

  • Communicates/clarifies nutrition intervention/plan of care with inter-professional team members. Verifies that the nutrition intervention/plan of care is being implemented and that the needs/preferences of the patient are being met.

  • Delivers prepared human milk and/or formula to the designated locations in an accurate and timely manner, including tube feeding and oral supplement orders. Triages formula and human milk lab calls and in person interactions. Stores prepared feedings in patient care unit refrigerators, removing expired feedings and recycling bottles as indicated.

  • Maintains an adequate inventory of formula lab supplies and formulas by performing daily inventory and stocking; rotates formulas and supplies using FIFO (first in, first out); assesses daily utilization of formulas and alerts supervisor of concerns for surges in use and stock

  • Maintains a clean, sanitary, safe and orderly formula/human milk lab, ensuring department standards are met and that all cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting activities of storage areas, preparation areas and equipment are conducted and documented in accordance with relevant policies and procedures and in compliance with HACCP and other federal, state and local health regulations.

  • Recognizes and interprets instructions for changes in formula and breast milk and readjusts volumes accordingly.

  • Scans all human milk at various intervals to ensure accurate tracking and safe delivery.

  • Receives expressed human milk from mothers who are dropping off and from breast milk banks; records and maintains an accurate inventory of human milk stored in the lab;

  • Checks equipment for proper operation and reports problems to the appropriate supervisor and other quality metrics as assigned

  • Contributes to cost containment by managing time and supplies so that assignments are completed as scheduled and resources are not wasted.

  • Prepares monthly quality assurance report and production summaries.

  • Performs other related and incidental duties as needed or assigned.


  • Employees in this class have regular in-person contact with patients, visitors, clinical staff, and/or the public. Employees have occasional contact by telephone and in person with service representatives when equipment needs repairs.


  • Employees in this class receive general supervision from a manager or supervisor who assigns work verbally or through written instructions.

  • Work is reviewed by observation on a daily basis to ensure work standards and procedures are followed, to check for adequate staffing, and to ensure conformance with safety and sanitation procedures.

  • Employees in this class follow all regulatory requirements. Department and Hospital policies and procedures are also followed when performing the work.

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities as well as possession of any required licenses or certifications is qualifying.

Education: HS Diploma or high school equivalency.

Experience: 3 years related experience, or current enrollment in an accredited Dietetic Technician Program, with 2 years related experience.

License/Certification: Successful completion of an Infant Feeding Technician Certificate course within 3 months of hire.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

These are the observable and measurable attributes and skills required to perform successfully the essential functions of the job and are generally demonstrated through qualifying experience, education, or licensure/certification. 

  • Recognizes weights and measures and has a working knowledge of medical terminology.

  • Able to work independently.

  • Close attention to detail.

  • Uses a gram scale, measuring spoons, syringes and graduated cylinder to precisely measure and mix additive ingredients.

  • Exercise competency in electronic documentation system and the bar-coded safety system.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills; required

  • Ability to conduct routine calculations, read and understand physicians' orders, communicate effectively both orally and in writing, and write legibly.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions

The Physical Requirements and Working Conditions in which the job is typically performed are available from the Occupational Health Department. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. 

Pay Range

Compensation is based on the level and requirements of the role.

Salary within our ranges may also be determined by your education, experience, knowledge, skills, location, and abilities, as required by the role, as well as internal equity and alignment with market data.

Typically, new team members join at the minimum to mid salary range.

Minimum to Midpoint Range (1.0 FTE): $67,225.60 to $75,379.20

Equal Opportunity Employer

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity and non-discrimination in all of its policies and practices, including the area of employment. Accordingly, LPCH does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, or disability, or the perception of any of the above. People of all genders, members of all racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Qualified applicants with criminal convictions will be considered after an individualized assessment of the conviction and the job requirements, and where applicable, in compliance with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.
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