The Thompson Method

P2B recommends the Thompson Method to many of my breastfeeding mum’s. The rest and digest is believed to reduce reflux and colic symptoms.

Cradle baby: comfortably in your arm, elbows relaxed by your side

First breast: roll baby onto the side to face your breast

Align baby: baby’s lips to mother’s nipple

Baby self‐locates: tongue protrudes; mouth opens to a natural width, draws in nipple and breast tissue

Face to breast symmetry (4‐points): nose, chin and both cheeks contact the breast with no gaps

Fine tune nose and chin points: move baby slightly left or right to fine tune the nose and chin contact

Fine tune both cheek points: adjust baby’s body slightly over or under to ensure both cheeks contact the breast

Stimulate hormones for milk flow: observe short intermittent stop‐start rhythm.

Swallow reflex: observe change to a long, deep rhythmical draw; baby will swallow as milk flows

Milk satisfaction: baby continues gentle nurturing (sucking) until stomach is full

Emotional satisfaction: vacuum gradually releases, baby will come off when emotionally satisfied

Rest and digest: as baby rests on her / his back, supported on your lap, arms and upper body stretches intermittently, the diaphragm lifts, air (wind) rises naturally

Nappy change: preferably during this rest and digest time, after the first breast

Second breast: patiently wait to observe baby’s cues requesting second breast

Cues: crawling‐walking reflex, smelling, touching, tasting, tongue protrudes, calling, crying

Begin second breast: repeat the same process until satisfied

Hold baby upright: nurtures and assists milk digestion until baby settles

 

For further information and instruction about how to breastfeed your baby, please watch this

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZuSAzivTB4&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR0mc17GgKp5BSIq15ohiuNvkGOa8Gm9hu2SCTh8rhW-ysufVYSlyVBBoLI

 

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