A supplemental nursing system (SNS), is a device that allows you to feed your baby breast milk or infant formula while you are breastfeeding. Here are the steps for using an SNS:
- Assemble the device: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to assemble the SNS. This typically involves attaching a tube to a bottle or bag of breast milk or formula and attaching the other end of the tube to a tubing connector.
- Position the tubing connector: Place the tubing connector against your breast, near your nipple. The connector should be positioned so that the tube is pointing towards your baby’s mouth.
- Begin breastfeeding: Have your baby latch on to your breast as you would normally. As your baby nurses, the SNS will provide a steady flow of milk or formula through the tube, supplementing the milk that your baby is getting from your breast.
- Adjust the flow rate: Some SNS devices have a flow rate control feature that allows you to adjust the amount of milk or formula that is delivered to your baby. You can use this feature to increase or decrease the flow rate as needed.
- Clean and sterilize the device: After each use, be sure to clean and sterilize the SNS according to the manufacturer’s instructions. This is important to prevent the growth of bacteria and to ensure the safety and purity of the milk or formula that your baby is consuming.
It is important to consult with a healthcare professional, such as a doctor or a lactation consultant, before using an SNS. They can help you determine whether an SNS is the right option for you and your baby, and provide guidance on how to use it safely and effectively.