How do you actually go about feeding your child through the feeding tube? There are many different feeding methods that families may use. These include continuous feeding at night only, continuous feeding around the clock, bolus or intermittent feeds given in a variety of manners, and combinations of any of the above. This section of the website describes the various different methods of feeding and gives practical tips to make them work better.
If you use a feeding pump, this page is your go-to for set-up, programming the pump, and using the feeding bags or sets. The page also includes a series of videos demonstrating how to use a feeding pump. Hate your pump? Find some alternative options here. Finally, this page includes,links to manuals and online tutorials for feeding pumps that are currently on the market.
No matter what method of feeding you use, you will likely have lots of supplies, including extension sets, adaptors, syringes, and tape. Learn about all the possible options for extension sets, and how to prime, flush, and clean them. Syringes are also available in many styles and sizes, and tape comes in a wide range of styles and materials. This page will also be updated with information about ENFit, the new system for feeding tube connections, as it becomes available over the next few years.
If you feed continuously or overnight, you may need some tips and tricks for keeping your child safe. This page contains tips for being active with a feeding tube running, preventing tangling, and includes sets of Frequently Asked Questions about feeding continuously and overnight.
Bolus, gravity, or intermittent feeding can be a nice and easy way to feed your child. This page includes a series of videos on the many possible methods of bolus feeding, including bolus feeding with a pump. Also provided are programming tips for using a feeding pump to give intermittent feeds.