We see a lot of questions from parents about continuous feeding and really wanting to avoid it at all costs. When you start tube feeding, no one wishes for continuous feeding. But, if your child needs it, it is actually a lot easier than you may think. You can try other techniques like switching formulas, trying a blended diet, or feeding slower to maintain bolus feeding. But, more often than not, changing feed schedules to continuous feeding can help tolerance, especially in children with motility issues. You adapt, just like you did to tube feeding.
Continuous daytime feeding is made much easier with a small, portable feeding pump and backpack. Even if your child is not able to wear the backpack, it is handy for carrying and hanging (with a carabineer clip) on strollers, park swings, and grocery carts. In the home, it can be clipped to high chairs.
Parents have also put backpacks on toy shopping carts, plant carts, or other inventions with wheels, so that the backpack can either be pushed or followed by the child.
With a small portable pump and backpack, even toddlers can wear their own backpacks.