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Supplemental Nursing System (SNS)

Supplemental Nursing System (SNS)

    The Medela SNS breastfeeding assistance kit can help in nursing your adopted baby or in overcoming temporary breastfeeding difficulties, and will allow you and your baby to enjoy that special feeling of love, warmth, and trust that makes nursing so special. Developed initially to help adoptive mothers induce lactation, the Supplemental Nursing System helps trigger hormonal changes in mothers to help enhance milk production. The adjustable flow-rate system also works as a tool to deliver supplements while baby is at breast.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I clean the SNS tubing?
    Fill container full of warm soapy water and force water through tubing, teat and disc/membrane assembly by squeezing teat (making sure disc/membrane assembly is inside teat lid while cleaning). Refill with clean water and again force water through tubing, teat and disc/membrane assembly Squeeze the empty teat a few times to remove water droplets from the tubings Completely disassemble and clean remaining parts with soapy water. Squeeze teat tubing assembly until the disc/membrane assembly falls out. Use fingernail of forefinger and thumb to remove membrane from disc.
  • Does the SNS include an air vent?
    Yes, the vent is needed to allow air into the bottle when fluid is removed.
  • What can be fed through the SNS?
    Breastmilk is the preferred nutrition for babies. Clinicians may recommend other fluids, fortifiers and/or medications to meet the baby's medical and nutritional needs.
  • How do I start the flow of the SNS?
    The system can be primed by squeezing feed from the container into the tubing. Release only one side of the tubing at a time from the attachment ring when feeding the baby. Gently tickle the babies lip with the nipple and tube.
  • What is the proper positioning for the SNS?
    The tubing should extend about a " beyond the nipple. The tube should be in the center of the upper lip of the baby and not off to the sides. Reposition the baby if there is no flow. Reposition the tubing if there is no flow. Make sure the tubing is not crimped.
  • When do you use an SNS?
    The SNS was developed to allow the baby that is not getting enough nourishment at the breast to receive extra feed or supplements while remaining at the breast. Adoptive mothers often use the product to help re-lactate or for the bonding experience the system can provide between mother and baby. The SNS should be used on the recommendation of a lactation consultant or physician.





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Supplemental Nursing System (SNS)