Switching from bottle back to breast has never been easier.
View or edit your browsing history. Can you please tell me the difference between tubing in the starter vs long term nursing system? Thanks for all the information! Bottomline Overall, the Lact-Aid is about as good as nursing systems get. Medela Harmony Pump and Feed Set. Nursing for 18 months has made my nipples super stretchy, but they were definitely not that way to start if you're wondering, for some people they will eventually go back to being less prominent again.
Perin Neonatol 12, What are you looking for? Pumping Collecting Breast milk management Feeding Breast care. The value of human milk Research journey Breast anatomy Infant sucking Calma Double pumping Stem cells in breast milk 'Normal' breastfeeding Breast milk composition. Overview Benefits Useful products Downloads More information. The Supplemental Nursing System: It offers the following advantages: Benefits of the SNS This special feeding device helps to ensure that the baby is given supplemental nutrition whilst breastfeeding.
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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. I know that this was posted a good while ago, but I wanted to give my experiences anyways- I got the bilateral mastectomy top surgery, not keyhole, so my nipples were both trimmed and grafted on.
Pregnancy has definitely effected the shape of my nipples. One was almost completely flat because the surgeon messed it up, and now it actually looks like a human nipple, although it's still not perfect. The more normal shaped one has also gotten bigger, it's sticking out more than it was before. Can't say yet how latching will go with either, though, but pregnancy can definitely effect the size and shape of post-op nipples.
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. I'd intended to use the Lact-Aid, but the filling of the bags, etc I used to tape the tubes to my breasts, taking them off once a day when I showered and, of course, rinsing with water after each feed.
We have had a tube break twice, now it's a non-issue as we just use the other one. However, the first time I was still taping them, so I ended up buy another system. I probably would have done a homemade one, if I'd know how. Also, I did fine both boys - when they were newborns - were more tolerable of the tube when it was placed entering their mouths towards the corners, rather than pointed towards the roof of the mouth if that makes sense?
Where do you get the gavage tubes in bulk? I've tried looking it up and have not had any real luck. I used this method when my most recent baby was in the NICU. I have ample breasts and always snuck the tube in after she was latched on. If you do it that way I just had to angle the tube coming from the side up over her tongue towards the palate. If I got it in right it worked great, but did take some work. I didn't have to move any breast tissue to do it. Thanks Trevor for this extremely helpful and detailed post.
This is my favorite method of supplementation, but just like you, I find that the first few weeks of using them can be mind-numbingly challenging I'm always looking for ways to make it easier. For parents who need to supplement small amounts only, I have found the Hazelbaker FingerFeeder to be a really nice option. It holds 2 oz so would need to be refilled in the middle if the baby were taking more and is easier to rig up than the Lact-Aid. Avoid victimization the microwave for warming formula and microwave won't sterilize bottles, unless you get a special microwave sterilization kit.