Re: SNS supplementing, when to wean off?
Is baby nursing well at t is point? And what has mama been putting into the SNS- formula, or her own milk?
If nursing is going well and mama has been supplementing with her own milk, then she may be able to simply take away the SNS and watch diaper output. As long as it is normal, the baby is getting enough.
If nursing is still a little dodgy and/or mama has been supplementing with formula, then she probably wants tdo the following:
- occasionally crimp the tube while baby feeds, to stop flow from the SNS and increase baby's suckling intensity on the breast
- gradually reduce the amount in the SNS
- watch diaper output, keep a careful log
- see a lactation consultant, preferably an IBCLC, for hands-on help
- pump so that all supplements are breastmilk supplements- as long as mama is only using her own milk her supply will be equal to baby's needs when baby transitions back to nursing without the SNS
- get a professional scale and do some weigh-feed-weigh tests to see exactly how much baby is taking in at the breast. You want several days worth of data, IMHO- one test doesn't give you an accurate picture of how nursing is going because baby's intake can vary widely between feedings and over the course of the day.
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