The Thompson Method
Exclusive breastfeeding during a baby’s first six months has been proven to deliver significant health benefits, yet only 15 per cent of Australian mothers manage this World Health Organisation recommendation. This project aims to increase breastfeeding rates by using a baby-led breastfeeding technique, developed by Dr Robyn Thompson, that alleviates nipple pain.
About The Thompson Method
Since being awarded a PhD for her research, Dr Robyn Thompson (along with her daughter, Joanne) has transformed her life’s work into a practical online video-based education birth and breastfeeding program – The Thompson Method Breastfeeding Program. The online education is aimed at helping expecting mothers prepare for breastfeeding and to help those experiencing breastfeeding complications continue breastfeeding.
According to current statistics (see below), the online program is far reaching and highly in demand. The program has been embraced by over fifteen thousand women, many of whom have experienced life changing results from the information shared and who feel compelled to assist in sharing it with other women around the world. These women now make up Robyn’s global team, guiding and supporting women as they embark on the program themselves.
During the 2020 Covid pandemic, Robyn responded by dedicating much of her time online with pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers in their time of need, to offer guidance and support in what was a fearful and uncertain time for many. From this and many other online sessions, the team has been able to compile an extensive online Q&A library, which is possibly the most comprehensive breastfeeding video-based resource in the world.
2020 highlighted the need for quality and respected online education, with an online community offering a safe and supportive environment for thousands of women feeling isolated and alone. However, such is the duty of care for these women, Robyn insisted that her community be different from other online communities, to reduce the risk of conflicting and confusing information being shared. The Thompson Method online community offers guidance and support, but not ‘peer-to-peer advice’. It’s designed for women to empower themselves with knowledge and to build confidence to trust their maternal instincts. It is the #1 differentiation from any other online community or Facebook group.
With the increased demand in the online program, there has also been an increase in the number of women becoming passionate about helping other women breastfeed. This has led to the evolution of the Breastfeeding Academy, which has been in development for the past 12 months and is due to be launched in April 2021 with a wait list of over 200 women globally.
Since her PhD research, Robyn recognised the need for women to gain access to this information during pregnancy, rather than waiting until they were experiencing breastfeeding complications. A key development has been the evolution of the 3 Golden Hours, based on a key element of her research which was the importance of the first breastfeed. The 3 Golden Hours, along with online Prenatal sessions were instrumental in highlighting the need for women to empower themselves during pregnancy, with the aim of reducing the risk of complications as opposed to dealing with complications. Prevention is better than cure.
The Thompson Method continues to go from strength to strength based on the number of success stories shared by women daily and the viral nature of the online information shared on Social Media. Pricing is affordable to make the program accessible for as many women as possible with a scholarship program offered for the Academy. The daily success stories alone are testament to the implementation and transformation from PhD research to a practical online solution.
Impact of the Thompson Method on breastfeeding exclusivity and duration: Multi-method design. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 141(May 2023).
Allen, J., Gao, Y., Germain, J., O'Connor, M., Hurst, C. & Kildea, S. (2023)