While the use of blended diets is growing, many—if not most—consumers still use formula for their nutrition. If this is true for you, then remember these simple things to ensure (pun intended) a successful meal.
- You want to use a formula with the right blend of nutrients for you. Consult your doctor or dietician to help you find the right one.
- Thick formulas are a feeding tube’s enemy. Make sure your blend isn’t too thick, which could cause the tube to clog. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions for pre- and post-meal tube “flushings” with water (the specific amount to be determined by your clinician’s guide).
- Always begin by washing your hands. Also wash the top of the can of formula before you open it to prevent anything from contaminating the formula.
- Use the formula at room temperature. Do not let open formula sit unrefrigerated for more than 4 hours.
- After you open the formula, keep it in the refrigerator. Throw away any open cans after 24 hours, even if they have been refrigerated.
- Unless advised otherwise, sit up or keep your head up during the feeding. Ask your doctor how long you should be upright afterward.
- If you feel nauseous or have stomach cramps during the feeding, slow the rate that the formula comes through the tube. Then slowly increase the rate as you can manage it.
As always, talk with your doctor about changing your feedings or medicines if you are having any problems.
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