Feeding your baby through a tube may feel really odd at first, but for babies who must take their food this way, it’s vital that you learn what you need to know.
Learn as Much as Possible about the Process
Tube feeding is scary the first time or two you see it happen. Doing it yourself might be even more terrifying for you. But without learning how to manage this process, your baby won’t get the nourishment she needs. Talk to your baby’s doctor and nurses about what you need to know. There might be some specific supplies you need to stock up on, too. You may also want to consider hiring pediatric home care providers who can give you hands-on tips and show you what to do.
Get and Stay Organized
Any complicated task benefits from organization and tube feeding is no different. You’re going to need supplies that aren’t necessarily readily available at the corner drug store, so keep a list of what you need and how much you tend to go through. The more organized you can become about this process, the less likely you’re going to be to run out of something vital just when you need it the most.
Cuddle up During Feedings
Your baby isn’t eating in a way that is traditionally considered eating, but that doesn’t change what’s going on. She’s getting the nutrients that she needs from you. Most of the time, whether you’re breast or bottle feeding, you’re going to cuddle the baby to you. The same action can help both you and your baby to feel more comfortable during the tube feeding process. It’s the same situation, it’s just happening in a slightly different manner.
Ask Questions Whenever You Feel Uncertain
Any time you’re feeling uncertain or as if you’re not sure what to do, reach out to your baby’s doctor or nurse. They can help you to understand what might be happening and what you can do to correct anything that isn’t working. No question is too small, especially when it comes to making sure your baby is getting the nutrients that she needs.
Whether your child needs to be fed with a tube for only a short period of time or for longer, the more you know about the process, the easier it will be. If you’re going to be doing this for a while, consider joining a support group to meet other parents, too.