Nasogastric tube in preemie have long term effects?

Generally no. In preemies, an ng tube may be used to drain secretions out of the stomach, or for feeding until the baby is old enough to learn to swallow. These tiny tubes rarely cause injury or problems, and feeding directly into the gut is very important in helping grow well and prevent serious complications such as necrotizing enterocolitis. Tubes can look scary, but nicu care today is very gentle & advanced.

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How can a preemie be breast fed through the nasogastric tube?

See below. You need to pump and provide the pumped breast milk through the tube. Use the recommended amount and frequency provided by the nicu staff. Read more...