Gastroenterology Research, ISSN 1918-2805 print, 1918-2813 online, Open Access
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Volume 12, Number 3, June 2019, pages 111-114

Basics of Blenderized Tube Feeds: A Primer for Pediatric Primary Care Clinicians


Table 1. Patient/Clinician Resources
*Commercial BTF hang time varies from 8 to 12 h, based on individual manufacturer’s recommendations. Any unused formula should be discarded after 24 h [1]. BTF: blenderized tube feeding.
Oley Foundation (non-profit educational resource for patients on enteral or parenteral nutrition)
Food safety
Sample BTF
Ready-to-use BTF*Compleat -
Kate Farms -
Liquid Hope, Nourish -
Pediasure Harvest -
Real Food Blends -


Table 2. Good Candidates for BTF
BTF: blenderized tube feeding.
Medically stable; stable growth
≥ 14 Fr feeding tube
Bolus feeds
Motivated family
Adequate resources and equipment (high-grade blender, refrigerator, electricity, access to clean water and food, storage containers)
Access to knowledgeable medical providers


Table 3. Potential Contraindications
Acute illness or immunosuppression (greater risk of infection from contaminated food)
Fluid restrictions (may be difficult to meet nutrient needs)
Continuous feedings (requires formula to be unrefrigerated for several hours)