Enteral feeding happens as part of a nutrition and feeding management plan that a doctor will work with you to design. Your doctor might ask you to also speak to a dietitian to identify what your nutritional needs are, how your progress will be measured, and how your feeding should be delivered. You should be involved in all stages of your care.
Your nutrition and feeding management plan will be very clear about your feeding and tube management needs, so that others involved in your care can provide the nutrition you need.
Enteral feeding requires specialist training to deliver. Enteral feeding often begins in a hospital setting, but in-home care and support is available for you to continue enteral feeding safely at home.
Feeding must be done in line with your nutrition plan, and tubes require careful and regular maintenance. There are specific guidelines for enteral feeding and tube management. Workers must be suitably qualified and trained in delivering enteral feeding and nutrition management, and managing your tube safely, therefore it is crucial to enlist the assistance of official disability services.
Enteral feeding is sometimes needed when a person has a mental illness or eating disorder. In this situation, your doctor may connect you to ongoing mental health supports and treatment to assist your long-term recovery. You can also contact the Butterfly Foundation for specialist understanding and support.