What types of feeding tube are there?

The types of feeding tube are:

  • Nasogastric Tube (NG Tube)
  • Nasojejunal Tube (NJ Tube)
  • Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG)
  • Jejunostomy tube (J-tube)


There are multiple methods to deliver an enteral feed. Your dietitian will recommend the most suitable method of delivering your feed. The following are some common feeding techniques.

Pump or continuous enteral feeding: Your enteral feed is connected to a pump, which gradually delivers the nutrition to you at a controlled speed. The speed (or rate) and duration of your feeding will be discussed with you by your dietitian.

Bolus Feeding: Your dietitian may recommend bolus feeding as a way of receiving your enteral feed. You will receive the feed in small doses, given through a syringe several times throughout the day, instead of being fed continuously through a feeding pump.

Gravity Feeding: The enteral feed will flow out of the bag/bottle or syringe and into your feeding tube by gravity. This can be done several times each day, like bolus feeding with a syringe; however, a gravity feed may take a little longer to be delivered.

Disclaimer: The content on this website is for educational purposes only and should not be considered to be medical advice. It is not intended to replace the advice of your healthcare team. Please consult your healthcare team with any questions about your home tube-feeding plan.



Do not lie flat during or just after feeding. Sit or lie at least at a 45 degree angle (about the height of two pillows) during feeding and for 30 to 60 minutes after feeding to help prevent nausea or reflux.


Keep a daily diary to help your healthcare professional monitor and evaluate your progress and your concerns.


If you will be travelling away from home, leave early to allow plenty of time and bring extras of everything. Familiarise yourself with where you can get supplies or formula at your destination and find the location of the nearest hospital, in case you need it.