18 July 2010

Day In The Life - Feeding Our Kid On A Pump At Home

Honestly, despite our disappointment that Bennett would need to use a pump at every feeding, we are so thankful for such a nifty device!  Feeding has never been so easy!

We wanted to document what it's like to feed Bennett these days - and to show our ingenious creativity, considering our limitations!

We began the process fairly simply.  The necessary items: a pump, milk and a bag.  The goal: keep the milk in the bag and the baby fed.

We really struggled at first on what to do with tethering an almost crawling 9 month old to a pump for 30 minutes.  But, we realized that the highchair is a play-pen in a box.  It keeps him "put" while keeping him happy.  We can feed him the same time we are eating or when we are at play, we can keep him entertained by the chaos of the Gamel family kitchen.

We keep the cord from his tummy away from his ever-so-curious hands by putting it from his tummy down underneath the highchair tray at attached to the feeding bag hanging behind him.

We recently learned that our feeding pump (Enteralite by Zevex) has a corresponding backpack to make the pump portable.  (Typically Bennett's pump stays on his IV pole in his room.)  However, the backpack (not covered by insurance is $115).  So, we decided to skip the $115 and pay $7 at Walmart for a mini-backpack which works just as well!

For now, we use an electrical velcro strap from Lowes to attach the backpack and feeding bag to Bennett's highchair.  We use the backpack to hold the pump.  Our friend Lindsay said she will soon sew us a little hook inside the backpack so that we can actually close the backpack and just hang the feeding bag inside with a caribiner.  But for now, we use the velcro strap to keep both bags upright.

We set the pump for 30 minutes and allow it to beep to remind us that Bennett's feeding is done.  Then, we clean out the bag to reuse during the next feeding. Insurance provides us only 30 bags per month so we have to use a bag for an entire 24 hour period.

Thank goodness for insurance!  Believe it or not but that little 5 lb. thing costs $1600!!  Now that we're traveling with it outside our home, we're so worried that we are going to drop it and break it.  However, this nifty little $7 backpack seems to be working out just fine so far.

Coming soon...Feeding Our Kid On A Pump In The Car...and Feeding Our Kid On A Pump While Doing Errands!


  1. Thanks for sharing! It looks like a great system you have! That $7 backpack is worth millions. I am curious what were you using before without the pump? I am not too familiar with feeding tubes...

  2. I'm wondering if a CamelBak or other kind of hydration backpack might work a little better. They have a pouch to hold a hydration bladder, which might hold the feeding bag for you, and they have holes for the hydration line so you'd be able to zip it up all the way. They also tend to be super sturdy.

    They're cheaper if you get them without the hydration bladder, and you can probably find used ones on Amazon or Ebay. I'd suggest going to a sports store to find the model that works best, then shop for price online.


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