Finger Feeding

Finger feeding has several drawbacks as an alternative feeding method, it is hard to learn, it is awkward to use, and can cause dependency.  However finger feeding is useful for babies with a weak suck, who are experiencing nipple confusion, or are having neurological problems.

A small tube is inserted into a container of expressed milk.  A baby bottle with nipple makes an ideal vessel.  Your baby should be positioned in a semi reclining position.  Place a clean finger nail side down into their mouth and move it back toward their soft palate. If they happen to gag retract your finger slightly and wait till your baby is comfortable. Place the tube next to your finger which will provide the nourishment for your baby as they suck.

Be sure to talk with your doctor or lactation consultant to get some tips on how to implement this method.

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