Our approach to food-based tube feedings
What is a blenderized formula?
A liquefied or smoothly pureed food used instead of or as a supplement with, a commercial enteral formula for tube feedings. The food can be either commercially-prepared pediatric blended meals or homemade food-based tube feeding formula.
Why consider a blenderized product or recipe?
Who is a good candidate?
- Medically stable (including labs)
- Gastrostomy tube (14F and above)
- Bolus feeding schedule
- >6 months of age for partial
- >12 months of age for full
- Motivation/compliance of caregiver
- Transportation/food accessibility
What are the pros and cons of a blenderized food diet?
- Increased sense of control over foods
- Ability to avoid multiple food allergies
- Fewer side effects (vomiting, bowel function)
- Family meals
- Longer prep time
- Need to plan ahead (meal adequacy, travel)
- Higher risk of contamination
- Bits of food may obstruct feeding tube if not blenderized to thin liquid consistency
Try a shelf-stable premade product, or make your own
What to consider for the parent:
- Time available
What to consider for the child:
- Sensitivity to change
- Foods consumed
Sample recipe: Holiday dinner
2 c. whole milk, or any milk substitute
1 c. turkey or chicken (w/o skin)
1 c. mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes
1 c. stuffing
1 c. cranberries
1 c. cooked vegetables (e.g. green beans)
- Add and mix turkey (or chicken) and 1 c. milk in blender.
- Add the remaining ingredients and the rest of the milk.
- Puree until smooth.
- The blend should be pourable and easy to bolus feed.