It’s Another Healthful Way to Eat
People whose digestive system “works” but who can’t get enough, or any, nourishment by mouth must use another healthful way to eat. Enteral feeding can make a vital difference by helping them stay nutritionally healthy and maintain a higher level of physical activity if desired.
With enteral feeding, liquid nourishment (and medication, when needed) is delivered by a tube surgically inserted into the stomach, intestine, or, for some patients, both. For feeding, the tube is attached to an extension, which connects to the feeding bottle, bag or pump containing the nutrient formula prescribed for the patient. The type of enteral feeding to use depends on factors including the patient’s medical condition, length of time feeding will be needed and, when appropriate, lifestyle.
If you need MIC-KEY* or MIC* feeding because you can’t eat or can’t eat enough, you still get balanced nutrition we all get from food. You just get it through a tube instead of through your mouth.
Consult these additional resources to learn more about nutrition-impairing conditions and diseases: