Pregnant or Breastfeeding? Here’s How You Can Overcome Nipple Pain

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Hello, expecting mama! If you've found yourself here, chances are you're getting yourself ready for a journey as old as humanity itself – one that marks the early days of motherhood – the bumpy road of breastfeeding.

As natural as it is, breastfeeding can be a tough nut to crack, especially when it comes to preventing (or overcoming) nipple pain. The good news is you're not alone! Dr Robyn Thompson, a midwife with over fifty years’ experience, has dedicated her life to helping women like you breastfeed naturally and pain-free. 

The prospect of nipple pain

Ouch! Whether you know first-hand from having already breastfed before, or it’s your first time and you’re a little nervous at the prospect of breastfeeding, no one wants to experience the toe-curling pain of your little one latching on to grazed, cracked or bleeding nipples.

Nipple trauma is the Number One reason why many of us stop breastfeeding early. And no wonder! No one wants to suffer every time their baby gets hungry. But, Dr Robyn – the world's first holder of a PhD in nipple trauma (yes, that's a thing) – believes it doesn't have to be this way.

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Picture: Nipple Pain is the #1 Reason women discontinue breastfeeding


The real culprit behind breastfeeding challenges

Here's the hard truth: commonly taught forceful breastfeeding techniques might be causing more harm than good. 

Picture this: you’re in a hospital room, a nurse or lactation consultant is handling your breasts, handling your baby, positioning their little head, and forcing your baby onto your breast. 

Sounds horrible doesn’t it? Maybe even familiar?

This forceful approach is often a result of strict time constraints for time-poor health professionals to move you through the hospital system. It’s uncomfortable for both mother and baby and it often leads to painful breastfeeding complications. 

It’s a lot like trying to put a square peg in a round hole – it just doesn't work! And your baby’s natural instincts to feed are suppressed by these forceful methods.

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Picture: This forceful breastfeeding technique is taught in many hospital across the world. 

Prevent nipple trauma: meet The Thompson Method

After years of research and observation, Dr Robyn knew there had to be a better way, and voilà! The Thompson Method was born. It's a gentle approach to breastfeeding that encourages you to listen to your body and your baby.

One key aspect of The Thompson Method is the use of gentle breastfeeding positions that put you back in control. 

Unlike the traditionally taught cross-cradle technique, there’s no forceful handling of your baby, and no unnaturally forcing their delicate head onto your breast. Instead, you cradle your baby instinctively, with your gentle guidance. This process respects your innate ability as the mother, your baby's instinctive skills and reduces the risk of painful nipple trauma.

Dr Robyn Thompson working with a breastfeeding mother
Picture; Dr Robyn Thompson working with a breastfeeding mother

The hospital rush and its repercussions on breastfeeding

It’s not just the way you hold your baby that can negatively impact your breastfeeding experience. It’s also the whirlwind of the hospital system – the mad rush to discharge mothers and their babies, even following Caesarean Section. 

Dr Robyn’s research shows that this rush disrupts the critical time window immediately post-birth, which The Thompson Method describes as the 3 Golden Hours. 

These initial hours are precious and set the tone for a gentle breastfeeding rhythm. The healthy mother and baby, with an Apgar Score of 7 or above, get to bond unrushed, and enjoy uninterrupted skin-to-skin contact. This creates the perfect conditions for that crucial first breastfeed to begin and continue successfully. 

This race against the clock, along with the potential lack of adequate follow-up care, is not in the best interests of you and your newborn baby. After all, motherhood isn’t a sprint – it’s more like a marathon of patience and consistent effort, with a good dose of love and care.

A ray of hope if you’re already struggling to breastfeed

Now, if you're already in the throes of breastfeeding challenges, don't despair! The Thompson Method isn't just for those preparing for their breastfeeding journey. Dr Robyn's method can help you turn the tide on nipple pain and trauma, no matter where you are in your breastfeeding journey.

With The Thompson Method, you can nurture a pain-free, stress-free and – most importantly – joyous breastfeeding experience. Remember, your journey is unique to you. Your body, your baby, your choice.


The final word for a positive breastfeeding journey

Breastfeeding is an act of love, and it shouldn't come with a side of pain and distress. The Thompson Method will help you be in control of your breastfeeding, or reclaim the joy of breastfeeding. Embrace this gentle, evidence-based approach, and let's make nipple pain a thing of the past. Here's to a happier breastfeeding journey for mothers everywhere!

Wondering how The Thompson Method has changed the breastfeeding journey for other women? You can read their stories here. It's a space filled with support, triumphs, and raw honesty.

Feeling inspired to take the next step? Dive into your transformative journey by joining the Thompson Method program here.

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The Thompson Method provides evidence-based education, gentle guidance, and 24/7 support so women can breastfeed for as long as they choose—confidence-full and pain-free.

Breastfeeding Programs
For Pregnant Women
For Breastfeeding Women
For Health Professionals
1:1 Breastfeeding Consultation
Get Certified
G
ift Vouchers

Get to Know Us
Our Mission
The Thompson Method
3 Golden Hours
Dr Robyn Thompson
Reviews

Other Resources
Breastfeeding Guide
Help Centre
Download App
Blog
Contact


Need to speak to someone? Call Joanne Thompson on +61 419 315 948 or Private Message on Facebook.


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