NTrainer System® Introduction

Information About the NTrainer System® for Parents

NICU infants, particularly those born prior to 34 weeks, or with complications, encounter oral feeding delays due to their premature condition. Non-Nutritive Suck (NNS) - the basic act of sucking without receiving nutrients – is a key skill required for successful oral feeding. NNS unfortunately, is under-developed in many preterm infants.

The goal of the NTrainer is to help your baby develop their NNS skills to assist in the transition to oral feeding.  The transition to oral feeding is a key developmental milestone with independent oral feeding being the ultimate goal.  The NTrainer can help your baby get there.

NTrainer System® in use at Lancaster Hospital

Premature babies are born too young to know how to eat: This tool teaches them how

"Paxtyn Cox came into this world at 28 weeks, weighing less than two pounds and tiny enough to fit into her father’s hand.

While still in the hospital, she had an arsenal of tools that helped her get strong enough to leave and go to her home in Reinholds. There was a ventilator, a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine, oxygen and a feeding tube. When the time was right, her mother, Brea Cox, used a new tool to teach her essential skills: sucking and eating.

Now 5 months old, baby Paxtyn is smiling, cooing and sitting up on her own. She’s grown big enough to fit into a car seat and parents Brea and Cory Cox are expecting her to soon be removed from a heart monitor.

This new tool, called a NTrainer, helps the tiniest patients learn how to balance breathing, sucking and swallowing at the same time."

Mom Talks About the NTrainer System®


NTrainer System® Making Huge Impact at Willow Creek

Little Meals, Huge Impact: preemie nutrition is more advanced than ever

The NTrainer System is a device developed by Innara Health that is intended to reinforce development of non-nutritive sucking skills in newborns and infants born prematurely. This oral stimulation is intended to enhance infants' oral feeding skills, promote their developmental maturity, and in the end, it may help reduce their length of stay in the NICU.[1]

[1] Barlow, SM et.al, Journal of Perinatology 2008; 28:541-48 // Barlow, et.al, Journal of Perinatology 2014; 34:13642


Assessment of NNS Progress Resulting from NTrainer Therapy