Should you focus on breastfeeding BEFORE you have your baby?
The truth is the hospital system is not what it used to be. It’s big business and it’s geared towards time efficiency. To put it politely, this is not always in the best interests of the breastfeeding mother and her baby.
Here are 3 reasons why it’s necessary to prepare for breastfeeding:
▶ When your baby arrives, the first few days and weeks may feel overwhelming. It’s a new transition. A whole new way of living with so many ‘new normals’ for you to get used to. The last thing you need is to feel even more overwhelmed because of breastfeeding. You’ll thank yourself later when you know the principles behind avoiding the most common complications.
▶ Once your baby arrives, those free hours you are likely enjoying now, will disappear as you know it. It will become harder to find the time to educate yourself or get help should you run into painful breastfeeding complications that, unfortunately, many mothers do. Give your future self the confidence and peace of mind you deserve.
▶ If you’re not prepared before your little baby arrives, you are more likely to experience complications in those critical early hours and days, increasing the likelihood of giving up breastfeeding before you wanted to. Knowledge is power. It is possible to have a pain-free breastfeeding journey, but it starts with being prepared right now.
Are you really prepared to breastfeed?
You labour at home for as long as you can. You go into hospital. That moment has finally come to meet your newborn baby. It’s really happening.
Contractions. Pain. Emotions.
She finally makes an appearance.
You hold her for the first time and you’re overwhelmed with joy.
Then, it’s time for her first breastfeed.
Instead of experiencing that moment of bliss when she starts to draw down
your colostrum, you feel excruciating pain.
Your partner reassures you that it will be okay.
Hospital staff offer their advice, but each one has a different approach.
One of them even held your baby and forced your baby to your breast,
causing even more pain.
Every feed is the same and you’re still crying in pain.
You’re exhausted and you trusted the system to get you through this.
Unfortunately, this is the reality for so many mothers for the first day after giving birth.
This often leads to a negative association with breastfeeding from the beginning.
There are 2 reasons why this happens for so many women.
- They are often shown forceful, outdated techniques that often result in nipple trauma.
- They focused on their labour and birth and thought that breastfeeding would just happen; that it would be easy and did not have the knowledge to help themselves and their baby.
Of course, there are other reasons why things may not go as planned and some of these situations are unavoidable.
This is the moment when many mothers realise the importance of educating themselves prior to giving birth.
We don’t want this for you.
"Thank you so much to Dr Robyn and Joanne Thompson for this course. I had my baby boy on Monday via an emergency c-section. The midwives on the ward are amazed this is my first baby and we are feeding so well. I know that without your research and the course, it would be a whole different story! I feel confident with my breastfeeding journey and appreciate the support you both continue to provide in the private group. THANKS!"
~ Alison J
NOURISH YOUR BABY AND BUILD THE BOND OF A LIFETIME WITHOUT PAIN...
Whether you’re a first time mum or you’ve been through it all before, The Thompson Method will guide you step by step so that you can aim to avoid the common breastfeeding complications experienced by far too many women. Complications like painful damaged nipples, breast engorgement and mastitis, the fear of low milk supply, the use of nipple shields and dummies, your baby being fed formula and the list goes on. Add to that the increase in the rate of inductions and Caesarean Sections (planned or emergency), will you and your partner know what to do if you’re separated from your baby?
The Thompson Method is a gentle, evidence based method that will help you reduce the risk of birth trauma and breastfeeding complications so that you can breastfeed your baby pain-free, for as long as you choose.
The Thompson Method is a gentle, proven method of breastfeeding that challenges outdated, forceful practices taught in many hospitals. The method is being tested by research at the Mater Mothers’ Hospital, Brisbane with the aim of improving breastfeeding outcomes for mothers and babies.
The problem with NOT preparing to breastfeed
Many women, particularly first time mothers, are focused on their labour and birth, thinking that breastfeeding will just happen easily and naturally, because that’s what nature intended.
If this sounds like you, don’t feel bad. It’s not your fault.
Logically, it makes sense, because a woman’s body is physically designed to breastfeed.
It is one of the most natural things a woman can do.
Unfortunately, this does not end up being the case for many women.
Why? Because the breastfeeding information that you’ll be taught in hospital is inconsistent, conflicting and most importantly is out of date.
ALL of these complications are common but can be avoided by investing in The Thompson Method Online Course BEFORE having your baby.
The small cost up front for the education could save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in lactation consultants, formula, breast pumps and not to mention the emotional pain of what happens if you find yourself struggling with breastfeeding.
But why should you trust the Thompson Method over information that’s out there?
Advice from well-meaning friends and family may result in you feeling pressure to appease them, but often leaves you and your baby in all sorts of trouble.
The reason why The Thompson Method is different to other sources is that it’s based on the PhD research from Dr Robyn Thompson a midwife and educator with over 45 years experience.
The evidence from her research clearly showed that painful nipple trauma was closely linked to common techniques that are being taught in most hospitals.
These techniques are forceful and outdated but unfortunately, many hospitals are still using and as a result, many women are experiencing nipple pain when breastfeeding.
But the Thompson Method is not just about the technique. The research uncovered so many more factors that were contributing to painful and stressful breastfeeding complications for so many women. And simply put, many of these complications can be avoided.
It’s a holistic approach and a proven method that’s designed to help you give birth to your baby and build a bond with your baby through breastfeeding for as long as you choose, without pain.
Real Results from Real Students
“We made it! 12 weeks of EBF!! After a heartbreaking breastfeeding experience with our first born, my initial goal was to just get to 3 months EBF if I could. And we made it and so now I have to set a new goal cause we’re sure not giving up yet!!!! And it’s all thanks to this program that gave me the knowledge, and more importantly, the CONFIDENCE to get to this point! Thank you Dr Robyn and team, I feel so blessed to be able to feed my baby girl.”
– TAMIRA J.,
Mother to 2 Children
"I cannot recommend The Thompson Method enough. I started the education program about half way through my pregnancy and it was the most invaluable thing I did. Despite having a difficult birth that threw up some immediate challenges to breastfeeding, I already had so much knowledge that I could apply from the start (and because of that knowledge, I felt confident in saying ‘No’ to certain things while in hospital for those first few days post birth). My daughter is now 9 days old and feeding is going so well - she has a very large appetite 😂. We had one hurdle when my milk supply was delayed and the support that I got from Joanne and Robyn that night was amazing 🙌🏼
I truly believe that educating yourself on breastfeeding is THE most important thing you can do for yourself and your baby. It may be a natural thing, but then doesn’t mean it’s easy and I think a lot of people just resign themselves to it being a painful and unejoyable experience because they simply don’t know any better. ”
– JHARNA H.,
first time Mother
"The Thompson Method was the only way I was able to breastfeed after almost giving up numerous times. Now I’m into my 13th month EBF, thank you for helping me get through my first 3 months".
first time Mother
Luckily I discovered the Thompson Method before I delivered so I went into the hospital prepared. I had an elective caesarean and I told the Midwife on duty that I wanted uninterrupted skin on skin immediately after birth and to be allowed to BF on my own.
In recovery, an LC was waiting and a Midwife from the theatre, she immediately held baby’s head and shoved it to my nipple
It happened so fast that I told her I got this, pushed her hand away and thankfully my baby latched on. For the entire duration of my stay, they allowed me to bf without interruptions and would always just ask how we were going and if I had questions to ask. I was lucky enough to have a really good experience. However, it would’ve been a different story had I not have discovered The Thompson Method.”
– MANU O.,
first time Mother
Celebrate Your Uniqueness
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