I really need some tips on using a SNS

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I really need some tips on using a SNS

Post by prettyasapetal » Thu Aug 11, 2011 9:16 pm

This is my first post here, so im still trying to work it all out...

Iam wanting to relactate to feed my sisters baby.
Ive started taking medication to increase supply and ive just hired a breast pump and bought a SNS.
Bubs is 9weeks and is bottle fed.
If anyone here has used the SNS could you please let me know of any tips or tricks that helpped bubs attach? Ive heard a breast shield can make it easier?? :)

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Post by breastfeedingisnormal » Thu Aug 11, 2011 10:20 pm

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Post by s squirrel » Thu Aug 11, 2011 10:32 pm

I haven't had anything to do with them sorry, but just wanted to say hi!
There are a few on here who have used them - hopefully they'll catch your post in the morning if not tonight?

Goodluck - you must be a wonderful sister to do such a thing :-D
Much love and best of luck
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Post by Feather » Thu Aug 11, 2011 10:35 pm

Hi and welcome :-)

I use a SNS full time so I will try to help best I can...

It is normally recommended to tape the line to your breast before attaching bub. Have the line pinched off until you're ready to introduce the supplemental milk. So allow bub to suckle for as long as he/she is happy, then release the line to allow supp milk to flow. As your supply builds you decrease the amount off supp milk offered.

Now for me personally, taping doesn't work very well. I attach bub and let her drain each breast, then insert the line and hold it in place with my finger (only if I need to).

I have IGT so use it for a different circumstance. Someone who has used one for relactating (or a counsellor with experience?) will hopefully come along.

HTH some, come back and ask any questions you need to, I will try my best to help. You're doing a great thing. :-)
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Post by Feebes » Thu Aug 11, 2011 10:41 pm

Here is some information on a SNS from the ABA website.

http://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/bfinfo/sns.html

I think its awesome for what you are doing for your sister.

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Post by Esther » Fri Aug 12, 2011 7:29 am

Wecome :-D

Some mums find a sticking plaster works better than tape to hold the tube in place, especially if it's a water proof one. I understand there can be quite a bit of milk leaking :wink:

Good luck. Look forward to hearing your journey :D
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Post by prettyasapetal » Fri Aug 12, 2011 3:16 pm

Thanx for your advice :)
I have 3 kids of my own and im already finding it difficult to manage my time with feeding inbetween school and pre-school runs...any tips?

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Post by Feather » Thu Aug 18, 2011 10:27 am

Oh no! I replied to you last week but it must have got lost in the forum meltdown :? So sorry!

It does take a while to work out a system that works. For me, having the next feed ready to go helped a lot. I use donor milk, so having enough of it defrosting was a chore but really important to keep up. Having it ready so all I had to do was plop the SNS in a mug and add hot water to warm meant I could sit down and feed her before she really started getting upset.

As for other kids, I used the TV a lot :oops: I just had to be able to concentrate on feeding DD2 and fiddle with the SNS.

Do you have full care? If someone else can do nappy changes and some cuddling you can then get the other kids ready?

Also, giving a top up feed just before heading out the door really helped when she was really young.

Hope you're going ok, again I'm so sorry my original reply didn't show up and it took me this long to realise.

Bailey's Mum and Gwen's Mum might also have some good tips...
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