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Any tools/tricks to help tube-fed baby increase liquid volume by mouth or move to purées?

Hi All! My 7-month little girl (4-months corrected) has been tune-fed since birth. In the past she has taken up to 50% of her feeds by bottle but after bouts of reflux and Head/chest colds she now rejects taking the bottle/boob or any flow of liquid (breastmilk/neosure formula) by mouth. For months I’ve been to doctors and therapists but none have established ongoing therapy yet. So, I’m getting more proactive with helping her eat on her own by mouth. I have tried a spoon, frida pacifier/syringe combo (for medicines), 360 cup, sippy cup. The only thing that works is about an ounce through a 5ml syringe and even that take 20 minutes. Far cry from her full volume feeds that she’ll need. any suggestions would be helpful!

  • Anonymous
    Jan 09

    Hi maisha ! My daughter is a tube fed baby she’s 19 months and got it when she was 6 months . If what your doing isn’t working you should definitely go to her pedi and URGE them to put a referral in for Golden Gate Regional center or for feeding therapy . Feeding by mouth is very tricky and can be dangerous is not done properly . So since all else failed just stay on them about the referral .

  • Anonymous
    Jan 09

    In addition ^ Try dr Browns bottles with new born flow . Worked wonders while my baby waited for therapy

  • tony touch
    Jan 30

    Protecting her airway #1 concern. Getting rid of a g-tube is a process. Focus on good nutrition and mouth therapy ( massage mouth area) each meal time. We started with puffs and make it a playtime. Our feeding therapist got us thickener. We mix will low sugar juices and take small amounts