If you've experienced the excruciating pain of grazed, cracked or bleeding nipples, you'd probably give anything to find out why it's happening and more importantly what you can do to relieve the pain or even better, avoid it in the first place.
Well, you've come to the right place...
The Thompson Method is the gentle, evidence based method of breastfeeding that respects the breastfeeding mother and her baby and is different to what's being taught in most hospitals.
This holistic approach challenges the commonly taught forceful techniques and will help you overcome a poor latch, relieve painful nipples and reduce your stress and overwhelm.
Let's explore The Thompson Method in more detail...
Dr Robyn Thompson, founder of The Thompson Method and with 45+ years experience as a midwife and breastfeeding consultant, wants women to understand that the events that occur during labour and birth, greatly influence their breastfeeding journey.
With a unique perspective comprising of extensive experience in both the hospital system AND with women who chose to birth at home, Dr Robyn began to notice a pattern.
In her role as a breastfeeding consultant, she discovered that the women who were presenting to her with complications like cracked nipples and mastitis had been discharged from the hospital system. Women who gave birth at home, were not experiencing the same sort of trauma.
The inquisitive midwife asked 'WHY'.
And that inspired 7 years of research (for which she was awarded a PhD) into why so many women were being discharged from hospital experiencing painful nipple trauma, particularly in the early hours and days of breastfeeding.
And that evolved into The Thompson Method.
So what were the results from her research?
Out of 653 women who were experiencing painful nipple trauma, 85% of those women had been taught one particular technique that involved holding the baby by the back of the head, neck or shoulders and forcing the baby to the breast.
This technique (which is still taught in many hospitals) is something that Dr Robyn strongly advises all women to avoid.
As shown in the above video, according to Dr Robyn's research, women who hold their baby by the base of the head, neck or shoulders are twice as likely to experience excruciating nipple pain.
The reality is that many health professionals are still encouraging women to use this technique, and it's not an uncommon story for women to report having already seen multiple consultants before discovering relief with The Thompson Method.
The good news is that the pain from damaged nipples can be relieved, often with some gentle adjustments, according to the principles of The Thompson Method so that women can continue breastfeeding as long as they choose to.
It's a holistic approach that encourages women to trust their maternal and mammalian instincts and observational skills to breastfeed a healthy, happy baby.
In fact, it might surprise you to know that an incredible 99% of the women in Dr Robyn's research, who were experiencing pain, were demonstrating what the experienced midwife refers to as 'Face to Breast Asymmetry'.
There is so much inconsistent and conflicting information being shared online which causes confusion and frustration for many pregnant women and breastfeeding mums. In such a noisy and busy space, our aim is to maintain a safe space of reliable and evidence based information.
Having the right education, preparation and understanding of the principles of breastfeeding based on The Thompson Method will provide you with the confidence to make informed decisions, so that you can breastfeed gently and pain-free for as long as you choose.
Preventing painful nipple trauma
According to Dr Robyn's research, many painful complications such as nipple trauma, breast engorgement and mastitis can be traced back to a delay or interruption to the first breastfeed.
The experienced nipple trauma expert says the newborn baby should not be separated from the mother unless absolutely necessary. If the APGAR score is 7 or above, the baby belongs with the mother.
Routine procedures such as weighing, bathing or injections can wait!
By reducing unnecessary interventions in combination with the gentle approach of The Thompson Method, you will reduce the risk of painful complications that occur particularly in the early hours, days and weeks of breastfeeding.
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