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Dec 08, 2020

What are the best ways to administer the formula and do you have any troubleshooting tips?

Functional Formularies products can be used with most pumps. We recommend using the formula at room temperature. If the products are cool at all, even by keeping them in an air-conditioned room, the product will thicken. You may consider running the unopened pouch under hot water for a minute or two to thin the products down if needed.

The pump takes longer to prime than with commercial formulas, and it needs to be primed until it begins flowing.

If you are mixing formula with added water, you will need to re-blend it in a blender to make sure that the product is emulsified and does not separate. Some caregivers that we have talked with have noticed that if more than one pouch is prepared and administered at a time, even with adding water and blending it, there may be some settling depending on the length of feeding time. We recommend only one pouch being prepared at a time.

Infinity pumps tend to work better with blenderized formulas compared to Joey pumps.

95% of our customers have no issue with our real foods formula especially when using a 60 cc no-ring syringe bolus (syringe) feed. If using a bolus, it is necessary to use the syringe plunger. If your plunger has a rubber O-ring, these are nearly impossible to push down without a lot of force, a scenario some people mistake for our product not going through. Also, you might be interested in the Jofas Clamp. The Jofas is a 24″ flexible arm that holds a 60cc syringe. One end of the flexible arm has a clip that holds the syringe up to 24″ high. The opposite end has a C-Clamp that attaches to any flat surface up to 2″ thick.

If using a gravity feed bag you may want to look into a large bore gravity bag.

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