Living with a feeding tube involves many different pieces of equipment and there are different methods of receiving your enteral nutrition. All the equipment you need to start tube feeding at home will be given to you by your healthcare team, who will also explain how to use it. You will receive your enteral nutrition either via a feeding pump, by bolus feeding, or by gravity drip feeding. Find out more about each below.
Your healthcare professional will recommend the type of feeding tube and enteral nutrition product that's best for you, based on your nutritional requirments and circumstances.
You will have one of the following feeding tubes:
Using a feeding pump your enteral nutrition will be administered through a giving set at a controlled rate over a period of 8 to 24 hours.
Bolus feeding enables you to receive your enteral nutrition in smaller amounts throughout the day or night, using a 60ml enteral syringe or a bolus giving set.
Gravity feeding allows you to administer a set volume of your enteral nutrition over 30-60 minutes several times a day, using a gravity giving set.
Contact our team of experts for guidance and support on the use and composition of the Nutricia product range. We are available Monday to Thursday 9am-5pm and Friday 9am-4pm (except Bank Holidays)