How do feeding tubes work?
Feeding tubes are used for children who cannot take nutrition by mouth. They may be premature babies or children who are sick or have feeding challenges. The tubes are thin and are inserted through the mouth or nose, delivering milk to the stomach without any effort from the baby. The tubes are a gentle way to feed the baby and a caregiver can control the amount of milk. The baby doesn't need to suck or be awake. On the other hand, there are risks with tube insertion. Some babies benefit from sucking on a breast or pacifier while being fed by the tube.