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
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