Re: Sns ?
The SNS is a bag of pumped milk or formula that hangs from your neck. A tube comes out of the bag, and you position the tube alongside your nipple (this can be tricky) so that the baby gets both the tube and the breast in his mouth when he latches on. As he nurses, he gets nutrition both from the breast and from the bag of milk/formula via the tube. This is a picture of a SNS in use.
A SNS is best for a baby who must be supplemented because he is having trouble feeding efficiently: a baby with weak suckling ability, a baby who is jaundiced and sleepy, a baby with a cleft palate. A SNS is good for a mom who wants to avoid nipple confusion due to early introduction of a bottle, because the baby receives all his nutrition at the breast.
If you have low supply, a SNS can be helpful for 2 reasons. First, it keeps your baby on the breast even when you must supplement, and second, the baby's suckling stimulates your supply even as he feeds from the SNS tube. However, the SNS alone is unlikely to be the solution to a low supply issue. Seeing a lactation consultant, pumping, herbs, and milk-increasing drugs may also be required.
I had low supply in the early days due to my daughter's horribly bad latch. I used a SNS part-time, and found it helpful at keeping her on the breast when I needed to supplement. However, I also found the SNS tricky to master (it can be hard to position the tube and the baby simultaneously) and, as I mentioned above, it was not the sole solution to my low supply problem.
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