What is an At-Breast Supplementer?
In a society where bottles are seen as an image of infancy, many people are surprised to learn there are other ways to provide supplements to a breastfed baby. One such method is the at-breast supplementer. An at-breast supplementer is a device that allows a supplement to be given while a baby is actively nursing at the breast.This is sometimes referred to as a supplemental nursing system, or SNS, but SNS is actually a term for which Medela has the trademark. While there are many types and brands of at-breast supplementers, the basic concept is the same. Each consists of some form of container with a tube attached. The tube is then placed next to your nipple, and when the baby latches to the breast, the tube and the nipple will both be in the baby’s mouth. The supplement travels from the container through the tube as the baby sucks, and the baby receives this supplement, along with directly suckled milk. The supplement inside the container can be your own pumped milk, human milk from a human milk bank, human milk obtained through milk sharing, infant formula, or any other appropriate supplement. Read more