1. Wash your hands with soap and water.
2. Give formula/breastmilk as ordered by your doctor.
3. Gather the supplies:
Bottle or container to measure formula/breastmilk
- 30 or 60 ml syringe
- Small syringe: 5 - 10 ml
4. Place your child in a position as recommended by your provider. Most patients tolerate feeds better in an upright or side lying position.
5. Remove plunger from the 30 ml or 60 ml syringe.
6. Connect the syringe to the NG tube.
7. Slowly pour the formula/breastmilk into syringe.
- Let the formula/breastmilk flow by gravity.
- You may need to put the plunger into the syringe and give a gentle push to get the flow started.
- Then remove the plunger and let formula/breastmilk flow in slowly over 10-20 minutes.
- If you lower the syringe, the formula/breastmilk will slow down. If you raise the syringe, the flow will speed up.
8. When the feeding is finished, flush the tube with water to clear the tube.
9. Pinch the feeding tube, remove the syringe and close the cover on the end of the feeding tube.
10. Rinse out the syringe with hot water with small amount dishwashing soap and allow to air dry.