Supplementing the Breastfed Baby: Lactation Aid Feeding Tubes vs Supplemental Nursing System & Lact-Aid Nursing Trainer
Dr. Jack Newman also has a helpful instructional video on YouTube. I encourage you to view it and encourage lactation consultants and breastfeeding counselors to recommend and use these feeding tubes for short term situations of supplementation.
It is also important to recognize the appropriate amount of supplementation. Always assess milk supply first, then only give the difference of what mom is producing and the actual need of the baby. This is to say that you supplement not how much the baby will drink, but the need of a baby of that weight. Here is a link to a chart for appropriate milk intake to show how much to feed per pound of body weight: https://www.lactationconnection.com/Feeding_s/1907.htm For example, a 7lb baby who is older than 6 days needs 2.25oz eight times per day. If mom is making 1.25, then the appropriate amount of supplementation is 1 oz. per feeding. Contact you local lactation consultant for further instructions on supplementation or give us a call at 254-728-3627 9-5 M-F CST.
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