Finger Feeding to Supplement Newborns

Making sure a baby is fed enough calories and fluid to protect their brain and vital organs in the first days of life and beyond is one of our most important jobs as parents and health care providers. One alternative to bottle-feeding is finger-feeding, using a tube and syringe or supplemental feeding system.  This can be done in the hospital and at home with a 5-French pediatric feeding tube attached to a syringe, bottle or commercially available feeding vessel.  The tube is taped to your finger and your finger is used to supplement a baby instead of the nipple or a bottle.

Please note that the feeding tube and supplemental milk container must be cleaned with soap and clean water every single time to prevent contamination.  Here is Ray White supplementing his newborn in the hospital using the finger-feeding method.