Preemies are fed slowly at first
- Your baby has been swallowing amniotic fluid while inside you to help the intestines develop.
- Once born, if your baby is not fed, the intestines quickly get weak.
- We will start with small feedings and then slowly increase the quantity of the milk for each feeding.
- These small feedings keep the intestines moving and developing and help prevent intestinal complications common in premature infants.
What is a "Gavage Feeding"?
- Babies do not know how to coordinate sucking or swallowing until about 32-34 weeks.
- Until they learn, we must feed them through a tube.
- Gavage (tube) feedings help your baby get nutrition without having to work and use up energy.
- A tube will go through your baby';s mouth or nose and down into the stomach.
- We';ll use a syringe to squeeze the milk through this tube.
The Chester County Hospital Lactaction Consultants: 610.738.2582
Last Updated: 6/23/2011