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The idea behind supplementing this way is that you get the added benefit of having the baby stimulate the breast while also giving the extra nourishment that your baby needs. I can imagine using the system for the first time can be cumbersome so I appreciate these types of videos! I've been nursing using an SNS for 25mon with my youngest son and an additional 5mon with my oldest son , never a feeding without it. The device can be reused after it has been cleaned in accordance with the instructions for use. When a baby is at breast over a period of days or weeks, a hormonal mechanism is triggered that causes milk to be produced. I'm doing research as an aspiring IBCLC and current LLL leader and learning about chest feeding in transgender males and females and stumbled across your blog.
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It can help stimulate milk production and help end the cycle of low milk supply and supplementing. If you are suffering from low milk supply, click here to read tips and information on how to increase your supply!
There are several parts to the Lact-Aid so it can be intimidating at first when trying to assemble. Once the parts are in place, it is really easy to use. The main issue is figuring out what goes where but once you see it for the first time, it seems easy peasy. Follow these quick steps to get you set-up and nursing in no time! Fill the nursing bag with the desired amount of expressed milk or formula 4oz nursing bags come with the system set but 7oz bags are also available for purchase.
Place the bag tube into the nursing bag and clamp with the bag clamping ring. The bag clamping ring is used to create an air-tight seal between the nursing bag filled with milk and the collar on the feeding tube. The parts will look something like this: Here is an example of a nursing tank with the fabric at the top when sides are pulled down to nurse. Perfect for the Lact-Aid! Place the Lact-Aid nursing bag into position to get ready for nursing. This can be tricky as a lot of users complained about the need to constantly reposition it.
The best tip I found was to buy a nursing bra or nursing tank that has the fabric that run at the top of the breast so that you can wedge the nursing bag of milk in between the fabric and your chest and then run the feeding tub under the fabric so it stays in place better.
It can be positioned higher up to allow the milk to flow more freely or lower for a slower flow. A booklet included with the Lact-Aid give instruction on how to position the nursing bag to achieve the desired flow. Once the nursing bag is in place, next you need to run the feeding tube down the breast to the nipple.
It can be slightly off. There are two great videos that I found very helpful in explaining the Lact-Aid. The first, is about 15 minutes long I know… but it walks you through the entire kit and gives some great tips on using the system.
I got the most from that video. I can imagine using the system for the first time can be cumbersome so I appreciate these types of videos! Live Demonstration of how to latch using the Lact-Aid: After reading review after review, it has become clear that the Lact-Aid is the best supplemental nursing system on the market.
The other main player is the Medela SNS. Some things that make the Lact-Aid standout are: Of course the reviews are not all positive on the Lact-Aid. Here are a few things that I think you should consider: Strain powder or thick formula to avoid clogs. If you do not strain powdered or thick formula, you run the risk of getting clogs in the feeding system. This can cause the flow to be very slow and may not be very apparent that a clog is the source of the issue. Make sure you follow the directions when using formula.
Some complained the tubing kept moving while trying to feed. A suggestion is to run it under your nursing bra strap or use tape. I felt this was a silly thing to note as a negative but worth mentioning.
Can take some getting used to. This is probably a no-brainer but the system can feel cumbersome at first.
The Supplemental Nursing System is an ideal way to administer supplemental nutrition to babies while they are being breastfed. The system supports the unique bonding between mum and baby, motivating both of them to keep moving towards a more satisfying breastfeeding experience. This can be achieved by allowing the baby to get any additional milk they require through the SNS while feeding at the breast.
That has given me a real psychological boost. I see the product as being a great opportunity for lots of women. The SNS is intended to enable mums to breastfeed when they would otherwise be unable to do so, and help the baby train their sucking behaviour. It offers the following advantages:. The Supplemental Nursing System is a reservoir that is filled with supplemental nutrition. This special feeding device helps to ensure that the baby is given supplemental nutrition whilst breastfeeding.
The SpecialNeeds Feeder is designed for babies who are unable to create a vacuum due to certain syndromes and neurological disorders, or because they were The Baby Cup is a low-cost solution for the short-term feeding of human milk, supplements or medication. The FingerFeeder enables small volumes of liquid to be offered to the baby.
The delivery of colostrum, human milk or supplements can be carefully controlled. The SoftCup is ideal for the short-term feeding babies with sucking difficulties.
With its soft, spoon-shaped mouthpiece it is an easy and gentle way to The Symphony breast pump with its research-based pumping programs has been developed specifically to support mothers throughout their lactation journey: The Symphony PLUS program card contains software with two different pumping programs for the hospital grade breast pump Symphony.
The disposable pump sets can be used straight out of the packaging, without requiring cleaning prior to first use.
The pump sets include everything that Medela reusable pump sets are designed for repeated use, so they are ideal for hospitals with traditional cleaning and sterilising practices. The reusable pump sets Medela offers five sizes of breast shields to meet every mum's needs and to help ensure maximum comfort and efficiency during pumping.