All this week we'll be looking at issues related to tube feedings and sharing ideas for ways to simplify life with a tube. We'll share resources, strategies, concerns...it's going to be a great week!
To launch the activities, you might want to see some of the precious faces of some amazing kids that thrive through tube feedings. Thanks to the brave kids and parents at the Babies and Kids with Feeding Tubes at BabyCenter.com for sharing their photos and the great moms and dads at feedingtubeawareness.com for putting them into a video!
Here are some resource links to check out this week:
The Oley Foundation: a national not-for-profit organization of over 9,900 members that supports individuals and families with tube-feeding needs. They send out a great bi-monthly newsletter, hold annual conferences, organize a supply swap, match families with mentors, and other helpful things.
Feeding Tube Awareness: a site to provide emotional and practical support to families of children using feeding tubes.
New Visions: a fabulous resource by a fabulous oral motor therapist, this site has a wealth of information on tube feeding. Check out Suzanne's excellent articles!
Sometimes nothing helps as much as a personal contact. Find just what you need here:
Babies and Children with a Feeding Tube: this community at BabyCenter.com is a hopping place! There are some very friendly and helpful parents here.
Tube Feeding Listserve at Yahoo: this well-established group has been supporting families and professionals for nearly nine years. I pass it along as a resource that some of my friends have participated in; I have never been on this list.
Blenderized Diet Listserve at Yahoo: for those ready to venture into creating blended g-tube formulas, come join us here!
You Start with a Tube: a marvelous blog written by an adult with a g-tube, a wealth of knowledge, and a side-splitting sense of humor
What resources would you recommend? Got a blog to share? If so, please comment below. At the end of the week, I'll post the collection for easy sharing.