do i give supplemental nursing system a go??

by holly
(Grimsby, England)

I have a very sicky 7 week old baby and have been given baby gaviscone to give her. I felt uneasy giving her it with water (as instructed on packet) so have been mixing it with pumped breast milk.

This means Ive been cup feeding her 3 times a day. I have been struggling cup feeding as she tends to gulp rather than lap the milk, and now shes not latching on properly when breast feeding! I have been told about supplemental nursing system and was thinking i might try it. how do i get started?



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Sep 19, 2012
SNS feeder
by: Zelda Behr

Firstly I want to thank you for being such a great mom, trying your best to keep little one on only breast milk and struggling through cup feeding to prevent nipple confusion. Other moms would have given in by now, to the dreaded bottle.

I think a SNS feeder will work great for the breast milk mix you have been giving as you can give the medication and get all the benefits of breastfeeding and bonding.

Continuing to breastfeed will also stimulate your milk supply, most moms want more milk, I know I do.

Some tips on using an SNS feeder...

* Make sure your little one latches properly to prevent sore nipples.

* Insert the tube after baby latched and point it slightly to the roof of his mouth.

* You don't need to fill the tube with milk it will start flowing if inserted correctly.

* You can place the bottle under your arm or if your shirt has pockets place it inside it.
Remember get yourself comfortable.

* You can hold the tube in place with tape on your breast.

* warm the milk slightly to get a better flow, not too much as it might be too warm for baby.

Video on SNS feeding

And more info on SNS feeding on this website...

About your baby not latching properly...

* Try to feed him before he get hungry.

* Feed in a quiet environment free of distractions.

* Rub some breast milk on your nipple to entice him.

* Try diffident feeding positions.

Hope this helps and good luck.

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