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What are the different ways of feeding people who use feeding tubes?

Continuous feeding and bolus feeding are different ways of feeding for people who use feeding tubes. Continuous feeding means they are given formula slowly, over a long time, without a break. Bolus feeding means they are given formula quickly, over a short time, with a break before their next bolus feed. Sometimes with bolus feeding, the digestive system might have trouble handling lots of formula at one time, which might make people feel sick, sore in the stomach or give them diarrhea.

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