Originally Posted by coyotemist
To make a good blended formula you need a Vitamix. They are expensive.
This is not true. I have been doing a blenderized diet for my DD quite successfully with my Oster Beehive blender ($65 at Target). The Vitamix is awesome, and great for raw foods and grains, but it is very pricey (about $350 WITH the medical discount).
I would also suggest the Homemade Blenderized Formula Handbook by Marsha Dunn Klein. It has great recipes and talks about oral strategies and tube feedings. There is also a yahoo group for blenderized diets where tons of recipes are shared (both for oral eaters and tube feeders), as well as tips for blending, storing, etc.
I am a HUGE proponent of Blenderized diets (I do not like formulas), but it takes a huge of time commitment for the parents (cooking, blending, feeding, cleaning, planning, etc). Some parents prefer to open a can, some parents prefer a mix of homemade and formula, and then there are the people like me who do not want any of that anywhere near my DD.
I would also say that while getting a g-tube placed is major surgery, it does not preclude oral feeding. I would advise that your friend speak with a dietician about how to create a healthier plan for her daughter and see if that can be done orally. If not, then the g-tube would help her get what she needs, and she could still have partial oral/partial g-tube feeds.