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?

Thanks

Holly

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Sep 19, 2012
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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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHj4xuOPa7k&feature=player_embedded

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

//www.breastfeeding-problems.com/supplemental-nursing-system.html%20

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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we weaned and cup fed instead

by Susan

We weaned at 2 3/4 years of age. My breasts were sore, and baby could understand that.....but drinking from the cup "didn't hurt Mommy" so baby and Mom both agreed!

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Where to buy Supplemental Nursing System

by Heather Hill
(Uk)

Hi
I never knew these things existed can I get them in the uk?? Thank you

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Jan 04, 2013
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online
by: Tracy, CBC, CLD (CBI)

I'm not 100% certain of each country, but I am sure you can order it online. Here is just one of the links I found...http://www.medelabreastfeedingus.com/products/51/supplemental-nursing-system-sns

Other than that, you could always ring your local hospital and ask them, or ask any lactation consultant in your area.

Hope this helps

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Using a syringe

by Lisa
(Tilbury, Ontario)

I have been both breast feeding, pumping, and supplementing with formula. My son is eight days old and sucks the bottle dry every time. He is consuming 50ml of formula/breast milk (pumped) mix (breastmilk 20ml/ formula 30ml). I have flat nipples and my baby is having a very hard time latching on. I have been trying to feed him horizontally to help bring his suck back, I have been trying to bring out my nipples using reverse nipple softening, I have been pumping.

He just gets so angry and upset when he can't latch. He moves his head so much and his fingers and hands always get in the way. I have tried a nipple shield (if he can't latch to it, it falls off, it tends to slide off, even when trying to put water on it.) Is there any hope for me to give this baby a happy feeding??? My boyfriend says that giving him a syringe will only frustrate him more and make him cry more because he's used to the bottle. Is he right?

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Nov 12, 2012
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my thoughts
by: Mélanie

Try a size 24 nipple shield this will stimulate your areola and force a proper suction from your lo. When your lo is sicking pull his chin down and curl his upper lip outwards. You can also just pump and feed. Its true that babies can get used to the bottle quickly so using a syringe will minimize nipple confusion. If u want to feed him on brest id wait for bottle. Good luck. I know its hard.

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personal experience
by: Ally Barmnhart

I to have flat nipples so I'm Speaking from personal experience. Try using some lansinoh to keep the shield in place. Also try using a pump. It will pull your nipples out and boost your milk supply which will help keep the supplemental formula to a minimum. If you want feel free to msg me. I'm currently pumping for a 3 minth old who won't latch so i can give you pointers on pumping.

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