When it comes to deciding on the best tube feed routine for you or the person you care for, your dietitian will talk about options with you. There are three ways that the tube feed can be given:
Continuous feeding: The tube feed (e.g.1000ml or 1500ml) is given slowly over a number of hours, using a pump that controls how quickly it flows. Continuous feeding can take place during the day, overnight, or a combination of both.
Bolus feeding: The tube feeds are given in smaller volumes (e.g. 200ml) one at a time, several times throughout the day with the use of a pump, gravity, or a syringe.
Combination of both: A combination of these routines can be chosen based on a number of factors, for example, giving you or the one you care for more flexibility.
Always talk to your dietitian/doctor first before changing the feeding routine as they can help choose the optimal way of feeding for you or the one you care for.
The ideal position for tube feeding is to sit upright. But if this isn't feasible, prop yourself or the person you care for up on at least two pillows to lie at an angle of 45º or larger. Keep this position during tube feeding and for up to 30-60 minutes after, as it's not safe to feed while lying flat.