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Tube Feeding: How to Gravity Feed Video

Amy Long Carrera, MS, RD, CNSC, CWCMS
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist | Shield HealthCare
10/23/15  4:14 PM PST

Watch Shield HealthCare’s Corporate Dietitian’s video about how to gravity feed …

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In this video, Amy Long Carerra, MS, RD, goes through the steps of how set up a gravity feed, and gives tips to make the process go smoothly. Gravity feeding is a way to deliver formula through your feeding tube. With this method, formula flows out of a feeding bag and into your feeding tube by gravity. This method is slower than feeding with a syringe (AKA the bolus method, which you can watch a video of here), and uses a roller clamp on the bag’s tubing to control the rate. Most people who gravity feed take a gravity “meal” every few hours per day. A feeding will take between 30 and 60 minutes.

Here are the items you will need to gravity feed:

  • A 60mL catheter tip or oral syringe
  • A cup of room temperature water
  • Formula
  • A gravity feeding bag
  • An IV pole

Be sure to wash your hands before handling your tube or any supplies.

For more information, see related articles and feeding tube resources here:

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