Usage, Storage, and Travel
Transitioning to Kate Farms formula
For patients who use formula for the majority or all of their nutrition, it is common to experience some symptoms of intolerance when beginning Kate Farms or switching from another formula. Common symptoms of intolerance include nausea, stomach pain, gas or bloating, or diarrhea. These symptoms should resolve after just a few days. If you experience these symptoms for longer than a few days, please contact your healthcare provider directly.
You may find relief from symptoms of intolerance by transitioning onto Kate Farms gradually.
New to formula
If you are new to formula, work with your healthcare provider to introduce Kate Farms in small doses. The Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition recommends the following initiation and advancement schedule for pump-assisted feedings:
Begin by using just 1-2 mL of formula per kg of weight per hour. Advance by 0.5-1.0 mL per kg per hour every 6-24 hours or as tolerated until goal rate is reached.
Begin by using 10-40 mL per hour and advance to goal rate by 10-20 mL per hour every 8-12 hours or as tolerated by the patient.
Transitioning from a different formula to Kate Farms
If you are transitioning from a different formula to Kate Farms, work with your healthcare provider to slowly incorporate Kate Farms with your current formula as tolerated.
The following table is meant to act as a guide for transitioning over a period of 7 days. (Please note, mixing two formulas with pumps or gravity bags may affect the performance of Kate Farms through the tube feeding system.
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If you are having trouble administering a mixture of formulas, please contact us for guidance from a registered dietitian).
Kate Farms formulas are made aseptically, meaning they are free of any contaminants that might make the product spoil when it is on the shelf. Once you open the product, it is exposed to potential contamination from the air. If you leave this product unrefrigerated after it is opened, there is the chance the product will spoil over time.
Instructions for Use
- Remove cap to break seal, replace cap, and shake vigorously.
- For oral consumption: Tastes best chilled—do not heat.
- For tube feeding: Administer at room temperature. Follow healthcare provider instructions for clean handling techniques, flow rate, volume administration, and water flushes. May be used via pump, gravity or bolus as directed by your healthcare provider.
- NOT for intravenous use.
Kate Farms products are intended to be used at room temperature for tube feeds, and at room temperature at temperatures consistent with refrigeration (59ºF – 86ºF) for oral use. Any use of Kate Farms products outside of this may compromise the nutritional adequacy and/or overall quality of the product.
Unopened Kate Farms products are shelf-stable when unopened at room temperature until the date printed on the top of each carton.
Opened Kate Farms products should be kept refrigerated and used within 24 hours.
Bringing formula to room temperature
Kate Farms products can be warmed to room temperature if the formula is cold from refrigeration. To warm, keep cap on and place on countertop for 30 minutes. Do not heat the formula in any way.
Do not freeze
If our products are frozen by accident or on purpose, we do not recommend that they be thawed and used orally or by feeding tube, as the consistency or viscosity will be suboptimal. We cannot guarantee that frozen products will thaw and re-emulsify appropriately.
We are unaware if or how the nutritional composition changes after the product has been frozen, and we recommend that any questions of use that are not considered to be consistent with our recommendations be reviewed by a medical professional.
Do not expose to temperatures greater than 104ºF
Heat exposure or mishandling may compromise the nutritional adequacy of the formulas and reduce the product’s efficacy.
Traveling with medical supplies may seem daunting, but with the right preparation, you can bring Kate Farms with you wherever you go.
Flying with formula
Medically necessary items are not subject to the TSA 3-1-1 checked baggage rule and are allowed through a security checkpoint in any amount once they have been screened.
Passengers are encouraged to bring only the amount they will reasonably need for the duration of their itinerary, allowing for delays, and to pack the rest in checked baggage.
If a passenger requires a specialized ready-to-feed formula that cannot be purchased at a retail store such as Kate Farms, we recommend carrying enough formula on board for 2 days, in case checked baggage is lost.
Here are some tips for flying with Kate Farms:
- Allow extra time for the screening process; arrive early!
- For longer trips, ship supplies and formula to your destination ahead of time.
- Check with your airline about waived baggage fees for medical supplies.
- Ask your TSA screener to put on a clean pair of gloves before handling medical equipment & supplies.
- Frozen items do not count as liquids as long as they are frozen solid so ice packs can be used for storing formula in a cooler (do not freeze formula). Be prepared to have some formula cartons opened.
- Pack liquids and equipment last for easy access; separate them from other belongings before screening begins.
- Ask your doctor to write a letter about your medical condition. Make sure it includes a complete list of medical equipment or supplies you will have while traveling. This information should contain only information that is reasonable and customary.
Before you head to the airport, you can notify TSA Cares. This is a free service that provides travelers with disabilities, medical conditions and other special circumstances additional assistance during the security screening process.
Call 72 hours prior to traveling and ask for a Passenger Support Specialist on the day of travel. They can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or (855) 787-2227.