For Patients & Parents

Administration & Schedules

Your dietitian will help you decide on the best tube feed routine for you or your loved one. This will be determined based on your height, weight and other factors related to your condition, such as your mobility. There are three ways that the tube feed can be given:

  • Continuous tube feeding: The feed (e.g. 500ml, 1000ml or 1500ml) is given slowly over a number of hours. This can be done using a pump that controls the flow rate of the feed. It can also be done without a pump as a gravity feed, which takes advantage of gravity to pull the feed through the giving set. Gravity feeding does not give you direct control of the flow rate. Continuous feeding can take place during the day, overnight or a combination of both.
  • Bolus feeding: feeds are given in smaller portions (e.g. 200 ml) one at a time, several times throughout the day with the use of a pump or a syringe.
  • Combination of both: a combination of these routines can be chosen based on the preference of the patient or carer, or the daily structure, giving the patient or carer more flexibility. Always discuss with your dietitian/ doctor first before changing your feeding routine. Your dietitian/ doctor or can help you define your optimal feeding routine.

Your tube feed plan

While in hospital, talk to your dietitian about creating a tube feed plan for you or your loved one. A tube feed plan will give you a lot of insight into how it’s going to work day to day. A typical tube feed plan will include:

  • Name of feed
  • Pack size
  • Amount of feed you should take in one day and the tube feeding routine
  • Amount of sterile or cooled boiled water you should take in one day
  • Flow rate set on the pump (how quickly the feed will be pumped into your tube)
  • Dose or volume on the pump
  • Amount of water you’ll need to flush

Your tube feeding plan might look something like this if you are using a Nutricia Flocare Infinity pump:

Administration Schedule 1

Administration Schedule 2