Supplemental Nursing System (SNS)
The Supplemental Nursing System is to provide babies long-term supplemental feedings at the breast. When a baby is at breast over a period of days or weeks, a hormonal mechanism is triggered that causes milk to be produced. The system supports the unique bonding between mom 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
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 moms 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 moms who have or think they have a low milk supply
- It helps to stimulate the mom’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 mom’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.
Benefits of the SNS
This special feeding device helps to ensure that the baby is given supplemental nutrition whilst breastfeeding.
The reservoir can be placed on the mom’s chest.
Very thin, flexible tubes are fixed alongside the mom’s nipples.
The device can be reused after it has been cleaned in accordance with the instructions for use.
- Enables moms to breastfeed when they would otherwise be unable to do so
- Helps to stimulate the mom’s milk supply through direct sucking at the breast
- Trains the baby to suck properly by creating a vacuum at the breast
- Supports parental involvement
- Supports unique contact between mom and baby
- Allows adopted babies to be fed at the breast
Niefert, M. & Seacat, J. Practical aspects of breast feeding the premature infant. Perin Neonatol 12, 24-30 (1988).