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  1. #1

    Default SNS Problems

    My 3 week old has been using an SNS for the past two weeks to supplement about 5 feedings a day. The past couple of days she gets very upset at the breast w/o SNS if there isn't immediate letdown. She will barely try to suck and then pulls away screaming. As soon as I set up the SNS and let her drink from that she is fine. Is there anything I can do to get her back to just breast a bit more?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2009

    Default Re: SNS Problems

    Have you tried instant reward (dribbling a little expressed milk or formula on the nipple before/when latching or as baby gets "started" sucking, or, hand expressing to get droplets of milk on the breast before nursing?
    hand expression: http://www.llli.org/docs/00000000000...expression.pdf

  3. #3

    Default Re: SNS Problems

    Yes but she is so upset she doesn't seem to notice!!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2009

    Default Re: SNS Problems

    ok. So, why is baby so upset prior to coming to the breast?

    2-3 weeks is the typical age for a baby to "wake up" and become much hungrier than before. Baby wants milk and baby wants milk NOW. This leads to a frantic baby, and a frantic baby cannot latch and nurse as effectively. So baby gets more frantic and before you know it, everyone is having a meltdown.

    So, as much as possible, offering the breast at the earliest cues or even BEFORE baby cues is important.

    These links have some helpful info on recognizing cues. But every baby is different. I suggest as much as possible, hold your baby either skin to skin or with very easy access to the breasts to facilitate breastfeeding. It never ever hurts to offer!

    Also, have you tried inserting the sns tube after baby latches? If baby is sucking on the tube and getting milk that way, that might be causing baby to not understand what baby has to do to get milk. So maybe inserting the tube later will help baby understand they have to latch and nurse to get milk. (?) See this video: http://www.breastfeedinginc.ca/conte...me=vid-lactaid

    Feeding cues: http://www.llli.org/docs/00000000000...eding_cues.pdf


    this video on laid back nursing position also explains and shows subtle, early cuing when baby is still asleep! Turn sound on so you can hear the narration. http://www.biologicalnurturing.com/video/bn3clip.html
    Last edited by @llli*lllmeg; August 1st, 2014 at 04:20 PM.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Central FL

    Default Re: SNS Problems

    Babies can be really smart when it comes to seeing the SNS. You might try not opening up the tubes right away with the SNS so maybe she will learn to suck a bit before expecting the milk to come. I know how difficult ALWAYS having to use the SNS is.

    Now it tends to be trickier to slip the tube of the SNS in after already latched on since the SNS tube is Very Very flexible compared to the feeding tubes like Dr Jack Newman recommends.

    It can also be a pain to deal with a grabby baby and the fine tubes! I've got a 4 1/2 month old who likes to grab and pull at things while nursing. I'm trying different things like a necklace and now a red bandana around my neck, the red bandana seems to hold his attention right now.

    Are you pumping to up your supply since you are using the SNS?

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