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Making your home tube feeding a comfortable experience
For most people, tube feeding is a change that needs a certain amount of time and persistence to get used to at home. There are ways to help make this adjustment easier, such as:
- Talk to your friends and family about your tube feeding.
- Ask your healthcare professional to help you arrange your feeding schedule so you receive your tube feeding formula during family meal times.
- If you want to take your tube feedings in private or at other times, be sure to keep taking part in other family and social activities.
Talk to your healthcare professional about any questions you have about living with your feeding tube at home (like bathing, exercise, or travel).
You can answer this question in many different ways.
You may say something simple like:
- "I am not able to eat, so this is the way I feed myself."
Or if you are having medical treatments or problems swallowing or digesting food you might say:
- "I am having trouble swallowing and need to get my food this way."
- "I am having medical treatments which make it hard to eat. I use this feeding tube to get the nutrition I need."
- "My stomach/gut is not working properly, so I need this tube to feed myself."
- "My body has a hard time digesting foods. I use this feeding tube and special liquid food to get the nutrition I need."