What Is the Purpose of Finger-feeding?
Finger-feeding is another way to feed babies who cannot yet breastfeed without resorting to a bottle. The baby takes milk from a tube while sucking a parent’s finger. A nurse or lactation consultant should be able to teach you how to finger-feed if you would like to do this. In one small study, preterm babies who finger-fed in the hospital were more likely to breastfeed once they got home than those who were bottle-fed in the NICU.