Tube-Feeding Basics

Explore helpful, practical resources to begin your child’s tube-feeding journey. If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed, just remember that it will get easier with practice!

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Tube-Feeding at Home: A Guide for Families

Created by the Abbott Nutrition Health Institute, this guide covers important feeding-tube information, safe routine feeding practices, equipment maintenance, and more. Use it to help you get started and create a personalized plan for your child’s tube-feeding care, with the help of their doctor.

Tube-Feeding Basics

Get to know the different types of formulas
and tubes

Transition Schedule

Making the switch to or from tube-feeding

Glossary of Terms

A collection of medical terms and definitions related to tube-feeding

Feeding Administration


Learn how to prep and administer your
child's feeding

Tips to Manage

GI Discomfort

Actions to take if your child experiences adverse physical symptoms related to tube-feeding

Maintaining Equipment


Tips to properly manage and maintain feeding tubes and equipment

Community Support

If you need additional tube-feeding support, these organizations are here to help, along with your child's health care team.

The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN)

The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition is a nonprofit professional organization whose mission is to improve patient care by advancing the science and practice of clinical nutrition and metabolism.

Feeding Tube Awareness Foundation®*

This nonprofit organization was founded by parents to help other parents by sharing practical experience for tube-feeding infants and children, and to raise positive awareness of tube-feeding so that families have the support they need.

The Oley Foundation

The Oley Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to enrich the lives of those living with home intravenous nutrition (parenteral) and tube-feeding (enteral) through education, advocacy, and networking.

Condition-Specific Support

 * Feeding Tube Awareness Foundation is a trademark of Feeding Tube Awareness Foundation, Inc.

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