Homemade tube feedings The basics blender feeds (1248)

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What is a homemade tube feeding formula?

Homemade tube feeding is a formula made with real foods. Ingredients may include:

A blender is often used to mix these foods together. This is sometimes called blenderized or blended tube feeding.

Talk with your child’s doctor about homemade formulas. Ask if they are right for your child. Some medical conditions make these feedings very hard or impossible.

Homemade tube feeding is not recommended if:

Homemade tube feeding may be very hard if your child:

Is homemade formula right for my child?

There are many things to think about before you choose a homemade formula for your child.  

Think about the pro’s and con’s of blending your child’s tube feedings.  



Homemade formula may only be made 24 hours ahead of time to keep formula from spoiling.  Otherwise it must be stored in the freezer. 

Talk with the dietitian about:

How do we start homemade tube feedings?

How and when should the homemade formula be made?

How do I know if my child’s needs are being met?

Your dietitian will help you with recipes and a feeding plan. At each appointment, the dietitian will check your child’s:


*Reference: Klein, M.D. & Morris, S.E. (Eds.). (2007). Homemade Blended Formula Handbook. Tucson, AZ: Mealtime Notions LLC. For other health and wellness information, check out this resource: https://kidshealth.org/ChildrensWi/en/parents 



Call your child’s doctor, nurse, or clinic if you have any questions or concerns or if your child has special health care needs that were not covered by this information.