Saturday, August 14, 2010

Medela Supplemental Nursing System Review and Medela Giveaway

When we had our first meeting with our social worker about adoption, I told her that I was currently extended nursing and that I planned on nursing Zoelle as long as she wanted to. She asked me if I would consider adoptive breastfeeding and I told her that without a doubt, I would do my best to breastfeed our adopted child whenever that happened.

Time passed, Zoelle weaned, and I birthed Meridian. Time passed some more to the point where Meridian wasn't nursing a ton but enough to still have some supply of milk. That is when I got the call. It was so my desire to nurse this new baby, yet I knew that in the end, I'd have to probably be ok with some supplementing.

When I first met Xiomara, they told me she was hungry and would be needing a bottle soon. However, they held off on her bottle to allow me to try nursing. It was the most beautiful thing in the world for me to see my daughter, who doesn't even look like me, latch on and nurse. However, it quickly became apparent that my milk supply would not be enough for her. Thus, I started supplementing with a bottle.

When I spoke with a lactation consultant, she suggested trying a Supplemental Nursing System (SNS) as a way to boost my supply. When I came home from Georgia, one was awaiting me and I got right to work using it.

The SNS is useful as the baby receives formula all while still nursing. The nursing stimulates milk production and the formula satisfies the baby as she nurses.

I found the SNS to be very easy to set up. I was a little nervous at first that I would have leaking milk out one side or the other while I was feeding, but that didn't happen. It also has three different tubes to control the flow. The very first time Xiomara latched on using the SNS was the best she had ever "nursed". It reassured me knowing that she wasn't just getting formula, but that it was also boosting my supply and giving her breastmilk.

The only con I see to it, is that it is hard for me to set up and use when I have the other two girls at home and I am by myself. Meridian kept continually trying to come over to me and pull at the cords, etc. However, the fact that it helps my supply and feeds her in a way that we can bond is well worth it to me. Good work Medela! Thank you for reaching out and helping adoptive mothers who are breastfeeding their children!

Buy it!

Medela has made this wonderful product not only for use with adoptive mothers but also to help mothers of preemies, or babies who have latch or suck problems. If you are looking for something like this, I highly suggest you to look for this system. It will help you!

Win It!

Because not every mother is in need of a SNS, yet also because Medela is a wondeful company, they are offereing one of my readers a set of Tender Care Hydrogel Pads and a tube of Tender Care Lanolin.

Mandatory Entry:

Visit Medela, look around and come back here and tell me something you learned. Please do me the favor of making sure you leave your e-mail address in the comment if it is not visible on your profile. (1 entry)

Extra Entries:

1. Follow me on google friend connect and leave a comment telling me you are. (1 entry)
2. Follow me on Twitter and leave a comment telling me you are along with your Twitter ID. (1 entry)
3. Follow Medela on Twitter and leave a comment telling me you are along with your Twitter ID. (1 entry)
4. Tweet about this contest making sure you include @jewelsntreasure and @Medela_US along with a link to this contest somewhere in your Tweet (1 tweet/entry per day)
5. Become a fan/like of Jewels & Treasures on facebook and leave me a comment telling me you are along with your first name and last initial. (1 entry)

That's It!

Winner will be chosen at random from Winner has 24 hours from being contacted to respond, or else a new winner will be chosen.
Contest ends Sunday, August 22, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. CST!

*Congrats to #11-Alison Hoping you get to enjoy this fully with your new little one on the way! :) Oh, and check out those Medela bras because I have heard they are wonderful!

*The featured product(s) in this post were provided to me free of charge by the manufacturer or pr company representing the company. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way by anyone.


  1. I learned that •Research shows that breastfed infants have fewer and shorter episodes of illness.
    •Breastfeeding is the most natural and nutritious way to encourage your baby’s optimal development.

  2. I follow your blog.

  3. I follow u on twitter. 1amypugmire.

  4. I follow medela on twitter. 1amypugmire.

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  6. fb fan of medela. amy bolda pugmire.

  7. fb fan of yours. amy bolda pugmire.

  8. I learned that Anthrax is not passed from mother to child during breastfeeding or through breast milk ;) Good to know!!

  9. I am a facebook fan of yours (Andrea L)

  10. Following on google friend connect

  11. I learned that Medela also makes nursing bras- i had no idea...will be looking into those in the near future :)

  12. I'm a fan of Jewels and Treasures on FB- Alison S. ,but you already know that :)

  13. The benefits of breastfeeding appear to last even after the baby has been weaned.

    This is GREAT to know that I am an aid in keeping my baby healthy and eliminating her from catching childhood viruses bacteria, etc...

  14. I became a fan of yours on FB, by the way what your doing with your baby is beautiful, thank you for this. Have you ever thought of using donor milk? I'd be willing to donate ;)

  15. Learned that:Hand expression with the "marmet technique" is great for treating engorged breasts.

  16. I'm a fan of Medela's on FB