Nursing Aids-Feeding SystemsThere may be times when breastfeeding does not get off to the best start and some sort of supplemental feeding system must be used in the interim. Situations sometimes separate mother and baby and an alternate method of feeding is required. The first alternate most people think of is a bottle, but that may not always be what is best. Sucking on an artificial teat is a very different action than that of suckling at the breast. Many babies adapt to both, but some do not - nipple confusion or nipple preference is frequently the result. This can happen subtly over a number of months. The most common reason for quitting breastfeeding is "running out of milk". We know that milk supply is directly related to the demand. If the demand is not strong (when a baby uses a bottle sucking action at the breast), the supply will diminish. To prevent these problems, you may want to choose an alternative to the standard bottle. Keep in mind that other artificial teats, such as dummies or pacifiers may be reinforcing a poor sucking pattern.
We carry many of the Avent parts and other of their products. Please look at the Nursing Aids-Avent page for further choices.
These two holed Slow Flow Teats are designed for ages 0-3 months and are slightly faster than the newborn. It has an anti-vacuum skirt at the base of the nipple with a one-way air valve and anti-collapse tip.
This style teat has a slit for the opening and depending on which direction it is in the baby's mouth it will have up to three rates of flow. It has easy markings to be able to tell which rate you are on. It is ideal for thicker feeds and is recommended for babies 3 months and older. It also has the one-way air valves to reduce air intake in the baby.
Was $4.70 - Now $2.82
A safe and fast way to warm all the things you feed your infant. Unlike most warmers, this is even safe to use with disposable bottles. It fits all AVENT bottles, magic cups and food jars. All you need to do is just add water.
As much as I detest bottles I realize there may be a place for them at times. If moms have to use them I want them to use the best of what is out there. These bottles at least keep the lips flanged out and prevent air ingestion. They come in 9oz with a slow flow teat or 4oz with a newborn flow teat. If you would like some ideas on alternatives to bottles to stay away from the nipple confusion/preference problem give me (PJ) a call at 888-398-7987.
One hole for less air and less discomfort. Wide soft silicone nipples, for baby to suckle - just like at mother's breast. Best for combining breast and bottle feeding. 2 pack.
Was $4.70 - Now $2.35
For use with the new Avent VIA Disposable System. This kit includes 10 reusable lids, 10 disposable bases and 2 reusable adaptors.
Was $15.00 - Now $10.50
This brand new design from Avent uses VIA disposables for exceptional safety and strength. The starter kit comes with 5 reusable lids, 5 disposable bases, 1 reusable adaptor, 1 dome cap, 1 newborn nipple and 1 screw ring (extra bases can be purchased separately).
Was $8.20 - Now $5.74
Designed for the mother who is storing her milk for her baby. A safe, efficient collecting system for freezing, storing and feeding. Holds up to 6 oz. of mother's milk and will fit the disposable bottle tubes.
Contains 25 bags with attached twist-ties and instructions for use. Individually machine sterile.
Informative book by Christa Herzog-Isler, IBCLC and Klaus Honigmann, MD - it is the choice for $3.95 on the menu. An alternative is a booklet by Sarah Coulter Danner with good pictures and gives all the necessary information for only $.50.
I like the company's attitude by labeling this set as breastmilk (or baby food) storage containers. This set doesn't come with any teats, however, the lids have the caps that can be popped out and a teat put in.
Hazelbaker TM FingerFeeder - Finger feeding offers a feel closer to that of a mother's nipple than a silicone teat. It can help a mother or care provider evaluate how the baby is doing while rewarding them with pumped milk. Flow-rate system and ergonomic design help baby to pace the feeding.The Hazelbakerâ„¢ Fingerfeeder was developed to assist you and your baby with breastfeeding, and to help get the baby on the breast. It promotes proper and sequential contraction of the tongue and masticatory muscles. It provides stimuli to the posterior oral area where the nipple is drawn. Finger feeding is the only therapeutic method that provides the touch of human skin as in breastfeeding. Skin-to-mouth tissue contact enhances feedback between caregivers and baby.
This is one of my favorite tools to use as it applies to numerous situations! It beautifully controls the flow with an ergonomic design. The 60 ml bulb is made of a soft silicon which is autoclavable or boilable. This system can also be used with the lanyard and add supplement at the breast while training a new baby or one with suckling difficulties.
Transitional Supplementation Feeder:
Sometimes we have a situation that just needs a touch of added supplementing (preferably with mother's own milk) to get more nutrients down a sleepy baby for a short time. This tool is handy for the 24 - 48 hour problems. The syringe is 20 ml capacity with 15 inches of a #5 french feeding tube that can be used on the finger or at the breast next to the nipple.
Breast Milk Bag:
These self standing, pre-sterilized bags are perfect for collecting breastmilk into and storage of it in the refriderator or freezer. The leak-proof zipper seal makes it very easy to open and close!
You can make baby foods far more economically and be sure of their nutritional value, with the KidCo Food Mill (formerly known as Happy Baby Food Grinder). Your baby enjoys the fresh, wholesome goodness of home-cooked foods - blended perfectly for a balance of smooth puree and essential bulk.
The KidCo Food Mill is safe, economical and portable. Developed for a doctor to assure healthy baby diets with natural flavors and nutrients, you will also benefit by saving the cost of store-bought baby food. Turn nutritious table food into healthy baby food instantly. The convenient Travel Tote makes it easy to travel anywhere although both models come with a snap on lid to keep any leftovers contained until you are ready to put it in the dishwasher. All the plastic is BPA/Phthalate free! May be sterilized. Meets FDA specifications - won't break, chip or crack. Cutters are of high quality, medical grade stainless steel. It is also upgraded with a non-skid grip and base!
The Electric model comes with a 2 cup bowl, a turbo button for pulsating rotations and a blending attachment for more thorough mixing.
One roll consists of 50 bags. With the 7oz. bags you will also need the 7oz. tubing extender.
Lact-Aid Nursing Trainer System (NTS) supplements baby at the breast, trains suckling, provides oral physical therapy and builds milk supply. Single and Double units are available. Both kits have 1 each: Adjustable Neck Strap, Bag-Filling Bracket, Funnel, Formula Strainer, Bulb type Cleaning Syringe and Instruction book. The Standard kit has one nursing trainer unit and 50 bags (a one week supply for a baby nursing 8 times a day) for short term use. The Deluxe kit is what you need for long term use as it has two nursing trainer units and 100 Nursing Bags (a two week supply - to get you started). All parts of this unit are BPA free! The purchase of this item includes help from PJ (Board Certified Lactation Consultant) - if you have any questions just ask! 888-398-7987.
Extra Nursing Trainer Units are handy to have on hand so several bags can be made up ahead of time for the day!
Specialty feeding device for use when cup feeding is recommended. This small 40ml polypropylene cup (DEHP & BPA free), with graduations for both ounces and milliliters, features a smooth lip for baby's tender mouth. Snap fit lip allows for storage and a write on surface for easy labeling. Medela packages them in a package of 5 but that is usually not needed so I am offering them singly.
This gentle tape will stick to skin when needed but not cause any irritation when removed! Great for keeping supplemental tubes in place.
This feeder has a soft silicone cup spout and offers the ease of a bottle for those who may feel uncomfortable using a straight cup. A special reservoir controls fluid unlike regular cups. Because it is not yet, mass produced, it is still quite expensive, however, if you have a smart baby who refuses a bottle - and you have to find something that works - price becomes a very small issue.
This polypropylene collection container is autoclavable, fits all Medela Breastshields and comes with a solid lid. It will also accomodate a regular bottle lid, but is a smaller sized container. Has writing area to mark Name, Date and Time for breastmilk storage.
Formerly this was called the Haberman Feeder - For use in cases of special feeding problems, such as cleft lip or palate. It has a one way valve so that you can manually compress the extended teat and this will help the flow go into the baby's mouth for those that are not able to provide a seal to get suction to draw it out themselves. If you are unsure about your need for a Haberman Feeder, please e-mail or call and ask for PJ at 888-398-7987. There are three options - a regular with an 80ml bottle for most full term babies, a regular with a 150ml/5oz bottle for a little older baby that is needing more at a feed and a mini size for preterm babies. You can get extra teats for each size here also.
The Starter SNS TM pictured here with an 80ml bottle - is a smaller version of the Supplemental Nursing System for when the problem is minor and a less expensive, short term solution is needed. The manufacturer recommends using it for no longer than 24 hours. However, I have seen it work (with care) for up to a two or three weeks. Just squeeze warm water through the tubing after each feed to clean. If you already have an infant feeder than you can get the kit without the container.
This is a breastfeeding assistant for when there is a suckling difficulty or for an adoptive mother who wishes to breastfeed. It allows the baby to stay at the breast and receive proper nutrition while the problem is being corrected. Ideally, a mother can pump her own milk and put it in the feeder. As the problem is corrected, the baby draws more from the breast and needs less from the SNS. An adoptive mother will usually have to start with an artificial baby milk (unless she has a good hearted, lactating friend nearby). The suckling action will stimulate production of her own milk supply. While an adoptive mother may not produce a full supply, whatever she does produce will help the baby. And, since breastfeeding is so much more than a transfer of nutrition, she can't possibly "fail" with any attempt made. It comes ready to use in a sterile pack and the container is DEHP & BPA free. You can also get and extra container with a lid for those long term users.
Special Features: Milk Trays, a breast milk freezing system, will freeze your expressed breast milk in one-ounce servings eliminating waste commonly associated with nurser bags. Unlike ice-cube trays, Milk Trays are specifically designed for expressed breast milk giving you, a breastfeeding mother, the confidence in knowing that none of your breast milk will be wasted.
Using Milk Trays allow you and/or your baby's caregivers (dads, grandparents, day-cares, etc.) the ability to:
1) make each bottles to order
2) freeze expressed breast milk in one-ounce servings
3) achieve your breastfeeding goals
4) take up less space in the freezer allowing you to create a reliable "stash" of expressed breast milk
Our trays are made from the safest medical-grade plastic with a recycle rating number "1". Milk Trays have fitted lids and the trays are flexible enough to allow the Milk Sticks, one-ounce frozen breast milk, to be removed easily. Milk Sticks will fit through any bottle opening. Milk Tray, breast milk freezing trays, are reusable and a huge cost savings because they are a one-time expense for moms!
Milk Trays are the best choice for when you are ready to go back to work or if you are an on-the-go mom! Do you want to freeze your expressed breast milk in an easier, safer and more economical way? Choose Milk Trays.
One Unit = 2 trays and 2 lids
This handy new tool will enable mothers to add a supplement (hopefully her pumped breastmilk) while the baby is still nursing. Sometimes an infant with a weak or uncoordinated suck needs extra help for a few days. The one ounce bellow connects to a six inch pliable medical grade tubing. This tubing can be taped to mother's breast with butterfly tape (available next item on list) for placement in baby's mouth while nursing. The difference between model I and II is that SuppleMate I has a six inch tube that can be used at the breast or used as a finger feeder and SuppleMate II has a two inch tube which enhances finger feeding if that is the main objective. This concept is wonderful for a short term helper and the price is great for that. However, if one were to need to keep this up for a couple weeks the Medela Starter SNS may be more appropriate and for longer term yet the full SNS or Lact-Aid system would be the best. Be sure to call our Lactation Consultant (PJ) if you have further questions (888-398-7987).