What Is The Thompson Method Breastfeeding?
The Thompson Method is a gentle, evidence based method towards a gentle birth and pain-free breastfeeding experience. It was created by Dr Robyn Thompson, a midwife with over 45 years experience who was awarded a PhD for her research into why so many women were being discharged from hospital with painful nipple trauma and other breastfeeding complications such as engorgement & mastitis.
The Thompson Method challenges the forceful techniques, linked with painful nipple trauma, that are commonly taught in most hospitals. It’s for ALL women who want to breastfeed, but particularly those giving birth in the hospital system because it offers a gentle alternative to help women AVOID the most common and painful breastfeeding complications.
But it’s more than just the technique on how to get a good latch. It is that, but it’s so much more.
It’s having the knowledge to understand that what happens during your labour and birth will greatly influence your breastfeeding journey.
It’s understanding how breast milk is produced so that you have the confidence to trust that your breasts will nourish your baby without fear of low supply.
It’s about being empowered to feel that you are in control of your labour, birth and breastfeeding experience.
It’s the awareness that nipple shields, bottles, teats and dummies (pacifiers) will also impact on your breastfeeding journey.
And at the very foundation of this gentle, evidence based method is a very powerful belief...
A belief that every woman and her baby is unique.
It’s a belief that every baby will be born in its own time; not at the convenience of hospital policy.
It’s an understanding of the importance of the first breastfeed and that routine procedures should not interrupt or delay this precious time between a mother and her baby.
It’s having respect for the strength of one woman to give birth to her baby, with full support of how incredible both she and her baby are.
When you adopt The Thompson Method along with the thousands of women who’ve also embraced this method to give birth to and breastfeed their babies, you will reduce the risk of common complications such as nipple trauma, breast engorgement and mastitis. You will also increase the likelihood of being able to bond with your baby and breastfeed pain-free for as long as you choose.
How is The Thompson Method different?
The Thompson Method of breastfeeding is based on the sharing of outcomes of Dr Robyn Thompson's PhD Breastfeeding Research. Only 15.4% of Australian Women breastfeed to 5 months, less than the World Health Organisation recommended 6 months. Most of the Western World have similar outcomes. Dr Robyn (at the age of 76) has worked alongside thousands of women experiencing a wide range of breastfeeding complications (within hours or days of being discharged from hospital). And it was these women who inspired her to research the WHY. Why were women being discharged from hospital presenting with complications in the early postnatal period?
This is the only breastfeeding course where you will learn The Thompson Method and it’s designed to help fully prepare you for your breastfeeding journey, give you the tools to know how to best manage breastfeeding when you arrive home, provide you with information on how to quickly overcome pain if you start to feel it and much, much more.
Did you know Nipple Pain is the Number One Reason Why Women Give Up Breastfeeding? If you’re like many other pregnant women around the world, you may be wondering if breastfeeding will be painful for you.
We’re passionate about helping women avoid or overcome painful breastfeeding complications and breastfeed pain-free for as long as they choose, with this unique method that most hospitals won’t teach you.
The truth is, knowledge is the key to reducing fear and anxiety around your labour, giving birth to your baby and breastfeeding.
The 3 Golden Hours
The Thompson Method is built around one key concept – The 3 Golden Hours.
To learn about what they are and how they are critical to your breastfeeding journey, watch this video series.WATCH THE FREE VIDEO SERIES
Our Commitment to Paying it Forward
Here at The Thompson Method, our mission is to help as many women as possible become more empowered in their birth and breastfeeding journeys. Our pay it forward program funds women and midwives who are not in a position to purchase the program with complimentary access to the program and the support in the Breastfeeding Club.
Dr Robyn Thompson: Reinventing Breastfeeding Education
The Thompson Method breastfeeding program, support and education are a result of 45 years midwifery experience and 7 years research into breastfeeding complications, particularly nipple pain and trauma.