6 Common Mistakes To Avoid When Blending Real Food for Tube Feeding

6 Common Mistakes To Avoid When Blending Real Food for Tube Feeding

Taking the step to try real food for tube feeding can be scary. You don’t have the time or energy for it not to go well, and sometimes the fear of rocking the boat can stop you from trying altogether. But when you read about the amazing benefits and hear success stories from so many…

Tube Feeding and Hydration: How Proper Fluids Can Improve Digestion and Health

Tube Feeding and Hydration: How Proper Fluids Can Improve Digestion and Health

Handling fluid intake with tube feeding can be challenging! First, it’s hard to know how much fluid you need to give in addition to formula or blended food. And even when you know the amount, squeezing this into your daily routine can be tough. But for many families I’ve worked with, understanding their child’s fluid…

Real Food Tube Feeding Formulas: A Dietitian’s Review

Real Food Tube Feeding Formulas: A Dietitian’s Review

Curious what commercial blenderized tube feeding product is best or if you should try one? As more real food products are added to the market, it can be confusing (and time consuming) to know what direction to take. I hope to bring you some clarity today, but my answer may differ from what you’re expecting!…

Blenderized Tube Feeding: What Does the Research Actually Say?

Blenderized Tube Feeding: What Does the Research Actually Say?

I often hear, “I’m ready to try blenderized tube feeding (BTF), but my medical team tells me it’s not safe.” Understandably, this leaves many families feeling confused and frustrated, as many of the concerns expressed don’t always make sense. My guess is if you’re reading this, you may be feeling this way too. I find…

Alternatives to Tube Feeding Formula: Flexibility with Real Food

Alternatives to Tube Feeding Formula: Flexibility with Real Food

As many of you know, insurance and hospital protocols heavily influence medical care. This structure is important and necessary in many situations, but with tube feeding, it makes it hard to explore the best option for each individual. For example, hospital availability and insurance coverage often determine the nutrition options for individuals with feeding tubes,…

A Dietitian’s Tips for Your Child’s Feeding Tube Journey, Beyond the Basics

A Dietitian’s Tips for Your Child’s Feeding Tube Journey, Beyond the Basics

Parenting is filled with challenges, and even more so when your child has medical needs. Choosing a gastrostomy tube is one of those challenging decisions, often filled with many “what-ifs”. And once that decision is made, the journey typically gets a bit more challenging. Entering the world of tube feeding is often very overwhelming, there’s…