It can take 1 week to a few months for your baby’s bowels to start working well. Your baby will likely need to be fed through a tube that goes into a large vein (central line). Some babies may need a tube that passes into the stomach through the nose (nasogastric tube or NG tube) or mouth (orogastric tube or OG tube).
When their bowels have recovered, we start your baby with formula by mouth if they can accept it. Our nutritionists keep a check on your baby to be sure they are growing well.
Our nurses and lactation specialists will do all that we can to support you in giving breastmilk to your baby. We help you with breast pumping and storing your milk. This keeps your milk flowing and builds a milk supply for your baby. When your baby is ready, our nurses and feeding therapists help with the transition to feeding by bottle or breast.
Your baby will stay in the hospital until they can feed well, poop normally and gain enough weight. For most babies this takes about 6 weeks. If your baby is missing part of their bowels (intestinal atresia), they may need to stay longer.
When your baby is ready to go home, they may need medicine or a feeding tube in their nose (NG tube) for part of their nutrition. Our nurses will help set up the supplies and equipment you need. You will have plenty of time to practice all your baby’s care before going home.