From the UNC Feeding Team Blog, https://uncfeedingteam.web.unc.edu
Children with feeding disorders may require G-tube feeding to assist them in meeting their nutrient requirements. G-tube feedings may be given with a commercial formula, homemade blenderized tube feeding or commercialized blenderized tube feeding. The medical team (physician, nurse practitioner, registered dietitian and feeding therapist) can help to guide decision making on which formula is best for each child.
Parents who choose blenderized tube feeding often do so due intolerance of commercial feeding formula, food allergies, desire to use “real food” or for improvement in GI symptoms such as gagging, retching, vomiting, reflux and constipation. When choosing to use blenderized tube feeding you have the option of using a commercial blenderized tube feeding or homemade blenderized tube feeding.
Homemade blenderized tube feedings are less expensive and can give more of a variety of foods. However, they also can raise food safety concerns, have a short hang time (~2 hours), may have unpredictable nutrient levels by using non-standardized recipes and are not often covered by insurance. Choosing homemade blenderized tube feeding will require close work with a registered dietitian to ensure adequate nutrients are provided.
Commercial blenderized tube feedings are convenient, processed to ensure food safety, have a longer hang time of 8-12 hours, standardized nutrient levels and may be covered by insurance. Below is a comparison of several commercial blenderized tube feedings: