Re: Supplemental Nursing System
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The SNS can be a useful tool for getting a baby to nurse, and can also help with supply. But the SNS isn't a magic bullet; it can be tricky to use, and usually the SNS alone isn't enough to boost supply all the way up. You're probably looking at a continued relationship with pumping.
One thing that helped me with the SNS was tape. It can be really hard to hold that little tube near your nipple while also maneuvering the baby, but tape can get the tube more or less into position. I think some people also become adept at latching baby onto the breast and then slipping the tube into baby's mouth.
Another thing that can happen with the SNS is that the baby can learn how to feed predominantly from the SNS, and not suck very hard on the breast. Once the baby is latched and feeding, it helps to periodically crimp the tube. That will force the baby to nurse more enthusiastically, and will also accustom her to the natural ebb and flow rhythm of milk flow.
I know you said that your story is too long to explain, but a full rendition might help us help you! I'm especially curious about what sort of pump you're using, how often you're pumping, how you discovered the low supply, how nursing feels when baby does nurse, and what baby does when nursing (e.g. does she have trouble latching, does she resist the breast, does she fall asleep very rapidly, etc.).
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