FOR PATIENTS

When tube feeding starts becoming more familiar, you might begin to look for ways to optimise your tube feeding routine. Based on your mobility, your social or working life or your daily activities, you might want to have more flexibility to structure your day in the way you’d like.

Just be sure to talk to your dietitian or doctor first before changing your feeding routine – and remember, they can help you find the optimal tube feeding routine that best fits into your life or that of your loved one.

There are multiple options for optimising your tube feeding routine:

  • Continuous feeding requires a longer time per feed, which some can be challenging to work around. To help you get on with your day, a backpack can be provided which allows you to go outside while feeding and continue your activities. You can also choose to do overnight feeding, either partially or for the total daily requirement, which can then give you more flexibility during the day.
  • Bolus feeding gives you the flexibility to have smaller portions throughout the day, each of which takes less time. This can make it easier for you to feed out of the house. It can also give you the opportunity to coordinate your feeds with family meal times.
  • Combination of both bolus and continuous feeding may better meet your needs or fit into the structure of your day.

Read more about administration and schedules.

FOR PARENTS

When tube feeding starts becoming more familiar, you might begin to look for ways to optimise your child’s tube feeding routine. Based on your child’s mobility, your social or working life and both of your daily activities, you might want to have more flexibility to structure your day in the way you’d like.

Just be sure to talk to your dietitian or doctor first before changing your feeding routine – and remember, they can help you find the optimal tube feeding routine that best fits into your life and that of your child.

There are multiple options for optimising your child’s tube feeding routine:

  • Continuous feeding requires a longer time per feed, which some can be challenging to work around. To help you get on with your day, a backpack can be provided which allows you to go outside with your child while feeding and continue your activities. You can also choose to do overnight feeding, either partially or for the total daily requirement, which can then give you more flexibility during the day.
  • Bolus feeding gives you the flexibility to give smaller portions throughout the day, each of which takes less time. This can make it easier for you to feed your child out of the house. It can also give you the opportunity to coordinate your child’s feeds with family meal times, which can be important to make him or her feel included.
  • Combination of both bolus and continuous feeding may better meet your needs or fit into the structure of your day.

Read more about administration and schedules.