The Blended Diet

What is a blended diet?
It is when you blend food in a high power blender and push it through a feeding tube.

What has it achieved for us?
  • Faith's hair has grown
  • Her nails are stronger
  • Her weight increased slowly and stayed on
  • She has a healthy glow to her skin
  • Less daily vomiting 
  • Sleeping improved
  • General well-being improved
How often do we blend?
We blend once every two weeks and freeze the blended food. We find this works bests for us.

Blending at our house is a family affair. We all have a job whether buying, cooking, blending, or sieving. It has taken us a long time to find the perfect blend for Faith, but we are at last happy with it.

'Blend Burnout'
The blended diet is hard work and we all get 'blend burnout' every now and then, but it is worth it as we see less vomit and Faith grow. That is the reward for all the hard work.

How we travel with blended food
When we travel we have a car fridge so the blend stays cool and fresh.

Resources we use
This website has great resources. The Homemade Blended Formula Handbook is also available on this site. The Homemade Blended Formula Handbook has a collection of 35 reproducible chapters and 16 food reference charts.  It is written by Marsha Dunn Klein. This book is designed as a reference and “how to” for parents and professionals who together are making the choice to try a homemade blended diet for tube feeding.

Pros, Cons, and controversies
Exactly what is says, pros, cons and controversies about the blended diet

Mealtime Connections
Mealtime Connections offers occupational therapy, speech therapy and developmental support for children with feeding challenges. I liked the resource section. They have some good links to other sites.

New Visions
New Visions provides continuing education and therapy services to professionals and parents working with infants and children with feeding, swallowing, oral-motor, and pre-speech problems. New Vision have a online store and they ship to Australia.

Lucy's Real Food
This site has a good link to other information and other blended diet information.
It is for children and adults.

Blenderized Diet
This website has recipes and a great resource of information.

Nutrient Data
The Mission of the Nutrient Data Laboratory is "To develop authoritative food composition databases and state of the art methods to acquire, evaluate, compile and disseminate composition data on foods and dietary supplements available in the United States."

The World's Healthiest Foods
A not-for-profit foundation with no commercial interests or advertising. I think it is a great website. Type in the fruit or vegetable you are interested in and lots of useful information comes up including nutrients and calories.

There is also a Facebook group Children with Feeding Tubes and Blenderized Food for Tubies

Books that helped to get us started

Complete Tubefeeding
Complete Tubefeeding is for anyone living with or preparing to receive a feeding tube, and those who care for them. The author combines the best and latest medical research with insights from his and others' real-world tube feeding experiences. This helpful handbook provides comprehensive and compassionate coverage of all aspects of tube feeding and nutrition via the tube. This book was written by an Australian author.

Homemade Blended Formula Handbook
Many families who are providing tube feedings for their children have asked, “Why can’t I feed this child the nutrition I feed my other children?” or “What can I offer my child besides the same formula every day?” or “How would I go about providing real blended food through the tube?” or “Can I still use the commercial formula and just add a little food?” or “Where would I start”? This book will help.

Super Nutrition for Babies gives parents the latest science-verified nutritional recommendations for feeding their child. Based on a program used at one of the largest holistic pediatric practices in the country, this book provides information on all aspects of nutrition and feeding, including introducing meat in a child's diet, healthier alternatives to dairy and soy, starting solid foods, establishing a regular eating schedule, dealing with picky eating, and the best foods for every age and stage so your baby gets the best nutrition to minimize illness and optimize sleep, digestion, and brain development.

Want to know more...perspectives from families

Henry's Homemade Formula
Jen and Tony
Praying for Parker
You Start with a Tube

The information I have provided is showing how we started a blended diet in the hope it might help someone else find the information they need. I am not a medical professional I am sharing the journey I am on with my daughter.

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