Here at the Thompson Method, our mission is simple.
Our mission is to increase breastfeeding rates because a woman deserves the right to choose how she feeds her baby. We do this through online education and support.
45 years ago, our founder, Dr Robyn Thompson, started her career as a midwife. Her distinguished journey was unplanned and intuitive and provided her with a unique perspective from her experience in the hospital system and with women who gave birth to their babies at home.
Breastfeeding should be a choice, but for many, it is not.
When a woman breastfeeds without complication, she is in a position to choose whether she breastfeeds her baby and for how long. However, most women give birth to their babies in hospital with many experience common breastfeeding complications such as nipple trauma, breast engorgement and mastitis in the early postnatal period. These complications increase the likelihood of further complications such as low milk volume, often leaving women feeling as though they have no choice but to give up breastfeeding.
Our aim is educate women in pregnancy so that they understand that the events that occur during their labour and birth will greatly influence their breastfeeding journey.
Hospital policies have become problematic in relation to the natural transition from a woman’s labour, the birth of her baby, to breastfeeding. The demand to rapidly process women in, through and out of hospital with early discharge, increases the risk of intervention, often leading to abdominal surgery (C-Section) and other medical procedures, which often lead to cascading interventions.
There is no doubt that breast milk provides significant health outcomes for a baby’s development. However, forceful techniques, taught in the hospital system and are statistically significant in relation to painful breastfeeding complications. Nipple trauma, breast engorgement, mastitis, low milk volume, failure to thrive and the case of the sleepy baby (due to opiate pain relief via epidurals, general anaesthetic) all inhibit a woman’s ability to breastfeed her baby.
These are big problems, but they are solvable….. through education.The 3 Most Important Hours for a Mother and her Baby