Medela Supplemental Nursing System
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.
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.
- Designed for weak or premature babies, for infant training, to stimulate the breast milk, to feed adopted baby's with breast milk or to feed for a long time.
- Adjustable power system, for different feed rates
- Bottle with gradation, to control the amount of milk
- The system is designed to have the same position as breastfeeding
Preparing for feeding
- The SNS is supplied with three sizes of tubing. When you use the SNS system for the first time, start with the medium (white) valve.
- Place the silicone valve holder onto the valve.
- Slide the tubing with the valve on top through the attachment ring. Push the valve in until it snaps into place.
- Fix the neck cord on the bottle: Pull the cord with its soft ending (without the clip) through the hole in the bottom of the bottle. Pull the ending with the metallic clip through the cord loop you created in the previous step. Pul firmly.
- Fill the bottle with the supplemental nutrition which you prepared and heated in a separate
container. Screw the attachment ring with the valve and tubing onto the bottle. Squeeze the
bottle gently, so that the milk flows through the tubing.
- Lock both parts of the tubing in the slits of the attachment ring. Place the SNS system around your neck with the tubing hanging down.
- Check that the bottle shoulder is at nipple level. To raise the bottle, unlock the lock of the cord and move the entire lock downwards. To lower the bottle, move the (unlocked) lock upwards. When the bottle is in the right position, fix the lock.
- Cut off a piece of tape of approx. 6 cm. Place the tube onto the breast such that it protrudes
from the nipple by 1 cm. Repeat this step for the other tube and the other breast.
- Hold your baby close to your breast. To encourage your baby to open its mouth, tickle its lower lip with your nipple. Leave a tiny space between the nipple and your baby’s mouth.
- Wait until your baby opens its mouth wide, then put your baby onto your breast. Only when the baby’s mouth is wide open, allow it to latch-on.
- Check that the tube position in the baby’s mouth is correct: the tube should enter the mouth in the middle of the upper lip or at the corner.
- Once you and your baby have found the right position, let your baby breastfeed. When your baby starts suckling, release the tube from the slit in the attachment ring. The milk in the SNS bottle can now flow through the tube. Continue breastfeeding.
- If the milk does not flow well, also release the second tube. Attach the tube with the opening upwards to your body, on a level with the bottle bottom.
The Supplemental Nursing System contains:
- 1 feeding bottle
- 1 valve holder
- 3 valves with tubing (red=smalle, white=medium, transparent=large)
- 1 attachment ring
- 1 neck cord
- 1 paper tape
- 1 cover
- 100% Bisphenol-A free
- Wash your hands thoroughly (for approx. one minute) with soap and water before you touch your breast and the SNS parts.
- Clean all parts immediately after use to avoid drying up of milk residues and to prevent growth of bacteria.
- Only use drinking-quality water for cleaning.
- Do not leave (parts of) the SNS in direct sunlight or heat, as this may weaken the parts.
- Store the clean parts in an airpermeable, clean bag/container, or in an air-permeable, clean paper/cloth until next use.