Accidentally inhaling liquid into the windpipe and/or lungs

Bolus Feeding

Large amounts of formula delivered through the tube


Bowel movements (stools) sometimes painful, and difficult to pass

Continuous Feeding

Feeding small amounts of formula constantly throughout the day (or night) without interruption.


Frequent, loose, watery bowel movements


The passage in the throat through which food passes from the mouth into the stomach

Feeding Pump

A small machine, plug-in or battery powered, that automatically controls the amount of formula being delivered through the feeding tube

Feeding Set

Tubing that connects the feeding container to the feeding tube

Gastroesophageal Reflux

Backing up of formula or gastric juice from the stomach into the esophagus

Gastrointestinal Decompression

The removal of gas or fluid from the stomach. (also called “venting”)


A surgical opening (stoma) through the skin into the stomach

Granulation Tissue

Fleshy projections formed on the surface of the stoma that will later form fibrous scar tissue

Gravity Drip

Formula flows into the stomach by gravity


Gastrostomy tube. A tube that passes through the skin into the stomach; also called feeding tube.

Intermittent Feeding

Feeding smaller amounts of formula frequently during the day or night. Intermittent feeding supplements night-time continuous feeding.


Food or any substance that nourishes the body – protein, carbohydrate, fat, vitamins, minerals, and water


Surgical opening through which a feeding tube can enter the body

Stomach Residual

Contents of the last feeding remaining in the stomach just before the next feeding is to be given