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Tube Feeding: How to Gravity Feed Video

Amy Long Carrera, MS, RD, CNSC, CWCMS
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
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.

Want to watch this video with subtitles? You can find that option when you watch on YouTube.

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