G-Tube Feeding


Drink Your Meals is a website designed to provide real food options to liquid meal replacement formulas for people dependent on g-tube feedings.  The website features blended foods made from fresh unprocessed ingredients.  The blended foods are nutritionally balanced like your liquid meal replacement formulas, and blend into a consistency appropriate for a gastrostomy tube feeding. 

 

G-Tube Feeding Supplies

When using blended foods as your gastrostomy tube feeding you may need some additional g-tube feeding supplies.  The additional supplies include syringes and a Vita-Mix.

 

Feeding Tube Procedures

The feeding tube procedures for blended food may be a little different than the feeding tube procedures for your liquid meal replacement.  Before preparation and administration of your g-tube feeding, it is important to start with clean hands.  Wash your hands with soap and water and dry with a clean towel.  Next, make sure your blended food is cooked thoroughly and blended well.  The Vita-Mix is the best blender for blending your g-tube feedings, and recommended by Drink Your Meals.  Those of you with smaller feeding tubes, five to 12 French, may need additional liquid in your blended food to make sure it is thin enough go through the g-tube. 


A bolus feeding is the best way to administer your gastrostomy tube feeding.  A bolus feed is when you push your blended food directly into the stomach with a syringe. This is the easiest and quickest way to administer any kind of liquid meal replacement.  It is best to use a new syringe each day when bolus g-tube feeding.  Be sure to give yourself a bolus of water before and after administering your g-tube feeding to keep the tube clean and clog free.           

 

Sit or lie still when giving yourself your blended food.  Healthcare professionals recommend keeping your head elevated 30 degrees or higher when administering your gastrostomy tube feeding.  It is also recommended that you remain in an upright position for at least 30 to 60 minutes after you give yourself your blended food. 

 

Leftover g-tube feeding can be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.  Any blended food that has been left out at room temperature for more than four hours should be thrown away.

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