Make blenderised tube feeding a possibility for Australians!
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Tens of thousands of Australians receive home enteral nutrition (also known as tube feeding) each day. However, feed intolerance is a common problem. Symptoms include vomiting, constipation, reflux, diarrhoea, nausea, retching and pain. These symptoms can lead to considerable quality of life and health problems such as aspiration pneumonia and oesophageal cancer.
Blended or pureed food, via a feeding tube, has the potential to reduce or remove feed intolerance. Promising research and anecdotal evidence from doctors and dieticians list possible benefits such as decreased vomiting and retching, increased oral eating, volume tolerance, weight-gain, less reflux and constipation, better micro-nutrient intake, skin condition, mood and sleep. For our family, it has allowed my daughter to participate in family meal times, sharing the same food as the rest of the family, and enabling her to have a positive relationship with food despite her feeding tube.
Many families blend their own foods and report substantial benefits in doing so. Unfortunately, the costs of home-made blenderised diets are high. Home-made blenderised diets also require a substantial amount of time and effort from families who may be experiencing life threatening or life limiting conditions requiring intensive care and therapy or hospitalisation. For these families, commercially prepared blenderised diet could be the answer. Products such as Liquid Hope, Nourish and Real Food Blends exist in the United States, but there is no such product here, and shipping costs within the expiry date periods are prohibitive.
This petition is calling on Bellamy's, who promote "uncomplicated nutrition – good food that is straightforward, wholesome & nutritious", to fill this market gap and create a comercially prepared blenderised enteral formula, and, in doing so, improve the lives of tube-fed children and adults around Australia.
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