A handy guide on feeding babies via the NeoGestric [NG] tube.

The following information will provide you with instructions on how to feed your baby through a neonatal [ng] tube.

For more information on how to insert a tube, please see the NeoGestric [NG] Tube:

How to insert your baby’s NG tube, and feeding on a neurosurgical [NG] tube: see General Problems.

There are two ways to feed a baby by tube: by gravity or by using a pump

Gravity feeding your baby from an NG tube

Assemble the following devices:
  • Adapter
  • Syringe
  • Stethoscope
  • Prepared formula
  • Food bag
  • Infusion tubing
  • Ivy Pool
  • Pump [if to use]
  • Wash your hands.
  • Check the location of the tube

If you have gas in your stomach several times, take off the syringe for a few minutes, so that the air can escape. This will help prevent stomach pain and gas.

Close The Clamp Of The Infusion Tube
  • Rotate the wheel downward on the clamp of the infusion tube to close the tube. Rotate the same wheel upwards to open the tube.
  • Close the clamp of the infusion tubing.
  • Put the prepared formula in the feeding bag, and close the ski cell. Hang it on the ivy pool.
  • Open the clamp to expel all the air from the infusion tube, so that the food liquid expels all the air. Close the clamp as soon as you feel that the liquid has reached the very end of the tube.
  • Connect the baby’s NG tube to the tubing. The air in the baby’s NG tube will not cause any problems.
  • Open the clamp until you get the desired flow rate. To estimate this, you see how fast the formula is flowing. The faster it flows, the faster it reaches the stomach.

When the food is finished, close the clamp and remove the infusion tubing from the NG tube, and place it on the other side.

Cover the NG tube

If your child is to keep the feeding tube attached, pass 5 ml of water into the tube to clear the remaining formula. Use the attached plug to close the tube.

If your baby does not keep the food tube with him at all times, grab the tube by the last part about 30 minutes after feeding so that it can pass into the baby. Take off the tape and gently remove the tube.

Feeding Your Baby Using An NG Tube Pump

Assemble the following tools.

  • Adapter
  • Syringe
  • Stethoscope
  • Friendly formula
  • Food bag
  • Infusion tubing
  • Ivy Pool
  • Map [if to use]
  • Wash your hands
Check the Location of the Tube

If you have gas in the stomach several times, take the syringe off for a few minutes. So that the air can come out. This will help prevent stomach pain and gas.

Closing the Clamp of the Infusion Tube.

Rotate the wheel downward on the clamp of the infusion tube to close the tube. Rotate the same wheel upwards to open the tube.

Close The Clamp Of The Infusion Tubing.

Put the prepared formula in the feeding bag and close the ski cell. Hang it on the ivy pool.

Open the clamp to expel all the air from the infusion tube, so that the food liquid expels all the air. Close the clamp as soon as you feel that the liquid has reached the very end of the tube.

Fit the infusion tube to the pump. Follow the instructions given in the manufacturer’s book. Then make sure all the air escapes from the infusion tube.

Connect the baby’s NG tube to the tubing. The air in the baby’s NG tube will not cause any problems.

Handling the milk bag

Follow the pump instructions. Run it and determine the amount of food given to it every hour. This is also called the delivery quantity. Your child’s healthcare provider will tell you how much.