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    Default Supplementing with tube at the breast

    Anyone BTDT that can offer some tips and tricks to make it easier?? I've been trying to tape on the tube and get her latched, but it is hard to get it to lay close enough to the breast that it doesn't interfere with her latching or poke her somewhere else in the mouth! I've tried to latch her first and then slide the tube in, but I think you need four hands to do that, plus she doesn't have the patience

    I know there are ways to do it with a shield as well, but hoping to avoid that since she'll latch directly to the boob. Shoot with any of your great ideas to make this easier :P

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    can you tape the tube to the underside of your nipple?

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    I wasn't sure how close to the nipple I could tape and be practical since the nipple and aerole (how the heck do you spell that??) move so much once they latch. I could maybe try with a small piece of tape?

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    I remember doing this with my oldest and it not working very well even with the lactation expert there helping. No advice just wanted to give you a hug for trying!!

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    Do you have the SNS system, or just a tube?

    I would tape farther up so it's not flying everywhere, and then kind of pinch it in place while you latch her.. are you making the sandwhich nipple thing while latching her on?

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    okay, just watched, and that looks like it's do able with only two hands if you're using a nursing pillow.

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    what is the sandwich thing?
    will watch the video.
    I just have a tube...
    Think I'll get DH to bring the 'my breast friend' pillow in!

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    The “nipple sandwich“ latch-on technique may make latching your baby on easier for you if you are having trouble. Barbara Heiser, a La Leche League Leader, RN, and IBCLC developed the technique.
    Hold your breast in the “C“ hold. Gently compress your breast between your fingers. This makes your breast tissue flatter - like a sandwich patty Push your hand gently towards your chest wall which will make your nipple protrude farther. Then press your thumb into your tissue a little more firmly, which will make your nipple point slightly upward toward the roof of your baby's mouth.
    After making your “sandwich,“ encourage your baby to open wide and pull him onto the breast using the same steps described above.
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    I went to jack Newman for help and we used the tube in a bottle for quite some time. Per his instruction, I always latched her first and then slid the tube in near the corner o her mouth. You may need some extra hands at first but after a few tries it is easy.



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    Hugs !




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    I never managed to get the tape to work, it was always better to latch her on then poke the tube in. I did find it helpful to put the syringe in my bra strap to hold it while getting the tube in. It's just a hard thing to do and takes some practice.

    Wishing you lots of luck with it. I was overjoyed when I stopped the tube supplements.

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    Hmm, she is near impossible to keep latched without the tube there for some flow at the beginning, which makes it hard. I latch her on, start to pit the tube in and she pops off. Getting it in while latching definitely seems hit or miss!
    Thanks for the feedback ladies!

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    Hey - I just came across this long article on tube supplementing in my FB feed. I didn't get the chance to really read it thoroughly yet, but remembered this post and thought I'd share in case it may be helpful.

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