Supplemental Nursing System (SNS)

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Supplemental Nursing System (SNS)

The Medela 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.

 

For more information on the World Health Organization’s recommendation on breastfeeding duration visit www.medela.com/who

£42.84

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The Supplemental Nursing System: supporting bonding

“The SNS allows me to breastfeed again. That has given me a real psychological boost. I see the product as being a great opportunity for lots of women.” Christiane K.

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:

  • It can be used by mums who have or think they have a low milk supply
  • It helps to stimulate the mum’s milk supply through direct sucking at the breast
  • It can be used when there is a requirement for supplements in addition to breast milk
  • It trains the baby to suck properly by creating a vacuum at the breast

The Supplemental Nursing System is a reservoir that is filled with supplemental nutrition. It can then be placed on the mum’s chest or on a pole. The very thin, flexible tubes are fixed alongside the mother’s nipples and release additional milk and supplements as the baby feeds.

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  1. Katie Whyte (verified owner)

    This is a fantastic addition for anyone who is needing or wanting to combination feed. I have a low supply and possible insufficient glandular tissue and have to give my baby top ups for her to be able to survive and thrive. I’d been giving bottles in the hope that the top ups would be short lived but decided to order this when that didn’t seem to be happening. I’m still early on with using it so can’t comment on it increasing supply yet but I’m hoping it will as I’m getting more nipple stimulation, but even if not I’m able to feed my baby at the breast for the duration of the feed now. It allows me to keep that bond but also reduce the chance of nipple stimulation.

    The only slight downsides are”
    – it’s quite fiddly – I recommend looking at YouTube videos and strapping it in your bra instead of using the neck strap.
    – the sterilisation/cleaning process is a bit confusing.
    – it is expensive for what it is which is why it took me so long to purchase one. If they were slightly cheaper I’m sure lots of mums would use them!

  2. Ana (verified owner)

    Great way to mix feed. Quite fiddly but once you get the hang of sticking the tube onto your breast and ensuring you are prepared it can be a really good way of protecting your milk supply.

  3. valentinajirca27 (verified owner)

    Totally worth it , it’s been helpful and save a lot of time and has help me to increase the milk supply.

  4. Kanzah Arshad (verified owner)

    SNS is a product for prem babies or those who have a problem sucking without reason.
    It took a while for my baby to get back to my breast but it was worth the buy. I highly recommend this product.

  5. Emma Ryder (verified owner)

    The product is great and had helped me get my son to breastfeed at certain times of day when he would only take a bottle. I had to give him formula after birth for a while as i was anemic and not making enough breastmilk, then i wanted to increase breastfeeding when my body recovered and i was no longer anemic. The supplimenter has helped me do this and sonis a great product for me. Some ways it may be possiblento improve it: It would be helpful if the valve was part of all the tubes, as this this is an extra to clean. I’m short and the shape of the bottle means it’s difficult for me to get it high enough to increase flow. The chain could be a different material so that it can be washed, and is permanently connected to the bottle, it often slipps when i’m wearing it and the bottle drops.

  6. Yiteng Xu (verified owner)

    I ordered the SNS as my 3 month old was becoming increasingly fussy at the breast because he wasn’t patient enough to wait for the milk flow. The SNS is a really good idea, but practically a little bit fiddly. My baby would get annoyed at the tube if that touched his nose or mouth whilst latching. The little tubes would get tangled up in his fingers because he was becoming more and more grabby too. I think this is a great device, but it does take a lot of practice to use, and very user-dependent.

  7. Sarah Creevey (verified owner)

    Almost useless. The idea is great but the design of this equipment makes it almost impossible to use. We were using a makeshift SNS from the hospital which we went back to using after buying this as it was far superior in terms of usability. The tubes come from the bottom of the bottle so it’s impossible to get them in position without milk coming out everywhere, and the whole idea of wearing it round your neck is ridiculous – there’s a baby in the way! The baby can’t control the flow as it just relies on gravity so you’re faced with the possibility of their mouth becoming flooded with milk and either choking on that or not learning how to suck for it, which I thought was the whole point of an SNS. The hospital made us one with the tube coming from the top of the bottle so my baby could completely control the flow and she learned how to suck properly. I could also easily hold the bottle between my legs while feeding her so it was out of the way. With this Medela device my husband had to stand next to me holding the bottle for half an hour while my baby fed as there was just no other way to work it. Nice idea, very badly executed. I can’t believe this is all the market has to offer in the way of SNS.

  8. Gittel Schlaff (verified owner)

    My baby had her tongue tie cut at 4 weeks so I started using this to encourage correct sucking whilst simultaneously stimulating breasts to increase milk supply. She hasn’t acquired proper sucking yet, she constantly loses suction so the tubing moves around in her mouth and results in very stressful feeds as she loses the “catch” and therefore can’t access the milk. Im having to squeeze the bottle to release the milk for her most of the time. It is also tricky to know just where to place the tubing. Too long and it can annoy you and greatly disturb her. Too short and she can’t suck as nipple is in the way. Which way to tape, sideways or vertically or diagonally is also an issue. You will have to work all this out and every baby is different. A few weeks later, we are still using the system, I am on my second one as it started to leak around the cap wasting precious expressed breast milk. Had she not had this sucking issue, I cannot think of a better way to top up your baby if you don’t want to give bottles. The idea is that eventually you wont need it as your milk supply will improve. Although my milk supply is great due to expressing after every feed, I am still having to use this as she can’t drain the breast well and obviously it is easier to suck on a tube than suck milk out of the breast for her.
    As you can see, my review reflects the very personal experience of my baby at the breast. Obviously every baby is different and should your baby not have any sucking issues, this is a genius idea.
    Perhaps the design could improve so it doesn’t need replacing often and maybe price could be lower. I’d suggest buying two so if one goes, you have another one to hand and don’t have to stop breastfeeding whilst waiting for new one to arrive.
    Also I’d love the option of buying just 1 replacement valve at a time and not have to buy all 3 sizes at once.

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  1. Katie Whyte (verified owner)

    This is a fantastic addition for anyone who is needing or wanting to combination feed. I have a low supply and possible insufficient glandular tissue and have to give my baby top ups for her to be able to survive and thrive. I’d been giving bottles in the hope that the top ups would be short lived but decided to order this when that didn’t seem to be happening. I’m still early on with using it so can’t comment on it increasing supply yet but I’m hoping it will as I’m getting more nipple stimulation, but even if not I’m able to feed my baby at the breast for the duration of the feed now. It allows me to keep that bond but also reduce the chance of nipple stimulation.

    The only slight downsides are”
    – it’s quite fiddly – I recommend looking at YouTube videos and strapping it in your bra instead of using the neck strap.
    – the sterilisation/cleaning process is a bit confusing.
    – it is expensive for what it is which is why it took me so long to purchase one. If they were slightly cheaper I’m sure lots of mums would use them!

  2. Ana (verified owner)

    Great way to mix feed. Quite fiddly but once you get the hang of sticking the tube onto your breast and ensuring you are prepared it can be a really good way of protecting your milk supply.

  3. valentinajirca27 (verified owner)

    Totally worth it , it’s been helpful and save a lot of time and has help me to increase the milk supply.

  4. Kanzah Arshad (verified owner)

    SNS is a product for prem babies or those who have a problem sucking without reason.
    It took a while for my baby to get back to my breast but it was worth the buy. I highly recommend this product.

  5. Emma Ryder (verified owner)

    The product is great and had helped me get my son to breastfeed at certain times of day when he would only take a bottle. I had to give him formula after birth for a while as i was anemic and not making enough breastmilk, then i wanted to increase breastfeeding when my body recovered and i was no longer anemic. The supplimenter has helped me do this and sonis a great product for me. Some ways it may be possiblento improve it: It would be helpful if the valve was part of all the tubes, as this this is an extra to clean. I’m short and the shape of the bottle means it’s difficult for me to get it high enough to increase flow. The chain could be a different material so that it can be washed, and is permanently connected to the bottle, it often slipps when i’m wearing it and the bottle drops.

  6. Yiteng Xu (verified owner)

    I ordered the SNS as my 3 month old was becoming increasingly fussy at the breast because he wasn’t patient enough to wait for the milk flow. The SNS is a really good idea, but practically a little bit fiddly. My baby would get annoyed at the tube if that touched his nose or mouth whilst latching. The little tubes would get tangled up in his fingers because he was becoming more and more grabby too. I think this is a great device, but it does take a lot of practice to use, and very user-dependent.

  7. Sarah Creevey (verified owner)

    Almost useless. The idea is great but the design of this equipment makes it almost impossible to use. We were using a makeshift SNS from the hospital which we went back to using after buying this as it was far superior in terms of usability. The tubes come from the bottom of the bottle so it’s impossible to get them in position without milk coming out everywhere, and the whole idea of wearing it round your neck is ridiculous – there’s a baby in the way! The baby can’t control the flow as it just relies on gravity so you’re faced with the possibility of their mouth becoming flooded with milk and either choking on that or not learning how to suck for it, which I thought was the whole point of an SNS. The hospital made us one with the tube coming from the top of the bottle so my baby could completely control the flow and she learned how to suck properly. I could also easily hold the bottle between my legs while feeding her so it was out of the way. With this Medela device my husband had to stand next to me holding the bottle for half an hour while my baby fed as there was just no other way to work it. Nice idea, very badly executed. I can’t believe this is all the market has to offer in the way of SNS.

  8. Gittel Schlaff (verified owner)

    My baby had her tongue tie cut at 4 weeks so I started using this to encourage correct sucking whilst simultaneously stimulating breasts to increase milk supply. She hasn’t acquired proper sucking yet, she constantly loses suction so the tubing moves around in her mouth and results in very stressful feeds as she loses the “catch” and therefore can’t access the milk. Im having to squeeze the bottle to release the milk for her most of the time. It is also tricky to know just where to place the tubing. Too long and it can annoy you and greatly disturb her. Too short and she can’t suck as nipple is in the way. Which way to tape, sideways or vertically or diagonally is also an issue. You will have to work all this out and every baby is different. A few weeks later, we are still using the system, I am on my second one as it started to leak around the cap wasting precious expressed breast milk. Had she not had this sucking issue, I cannot think of a better way to top up your baby if you don’t want to give bottles. The idea is that eventually you wont need it as your milk supply will improve. Although my milk supply is great due to expressing after every feed, I am still having to use this as she can’t drain the breast well and obviously it is easier to suck on a tube than suck milk out of the breast for her.
    As you can see, my review reflects the very personal experience of my baby at the breast. Obviously every baby is different and should your baby not have any sucking issues, this is a genius idea.
    Perhaps the design could improve so it doesn’t need replacing often and maybe price could be lower. I’d suggest buying two so if one goes, you have another one to hand and don’t have to stop breastfeeding whilst waiting for new one to arrive.
    Also I’d love the option of buying just 1 replacement valve at a time and not have to buy all 3 sizes at once.

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