A supplemental feeding system, also known as a supplemental nursing system (SNS) is a simple device that provides a baby with breast milk or formula through a small tube that is attached to the breast with removable tape. It allows a mother to both breastfeed her baby while supplementing her milk. This both supports sufficient feeding and helps stimulates the mother’s milk supply.
Below is one of our favorite videos of a mom demonstrating how an SNS works:
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Disclaimer: This resource page does not replace in-person physician evaluation and treatment. It is meant to inform parents of the most recent data regarding infant feeding and to increase their knowledge on how to protect their newborns from hyperbilirubinemia, dehydration, hypernatremia, hypoglycemia and extended or repeat hospitalizations due to complications from underfeeding. Earlier supplementation may be needed for babies who are premature or have medical conditions. It is recommended that a parent seeks evaluation by a physician trained in newborn care for any concerns regarding the health and safety of her baby if they arise.