Begin your breastfeeding journey with personalized education and support.
Beautiful Breastfeeding is a small group program based on The Thompson Method, designed to prepare pregnant women and their partners for a gentle, pain-free breastfeeding experience.
You don’t have to figure out breastfeeding alone.
Breastfeeding complications are common, and trying to sort out sound guidance from misguided opinions can be tricky.
In the Beautiful Breastfeeding program, you and your partner will be face-to-face with me (virtually or in-person) with the added benefit of my whole team of breastfeeding experts.
- Safe Space; to ask all your birth and breastfeeding questions
- Caring Community; so you know you’re not alone on your journey
- Expert Assistance; to feel confident as you prepare for your estimated due date
Receive step-by-step guidance in a supportive setting.
Over the course of four interactive group sessions, I will guide you and your partner in developing your unique birth and breastfeeding plan.
Preparing for Birth & Breastfeeding
Understand how your labour and birth experience can influence your breastfeeding journey, and feel prepared to advocate for your and your baby’s needs.
How to Establish Breastfeeding
Know what to do immediately after birth so you’re less likely to have to feed your baby formula and more likely to begin your breastfeeding journey pain-free.
How to Sustain Breastfeeding
Discover key principles to reducing volume-related complications and understand how to regulate your milk volume if any challenges arise. breastfeeding Doula
Preventing Painful Nipple Trauma
Learn a gentle positioning method to help avoid or relieve painful, grazed, or damaged nipples—even if you’ve previously experienced nipple pain or trauma.
*If your estimated due date is fast approaching, ask me about my one-day program to accommodate busy schedules.
Beautiful Breastfeeding also includes:
Interactive "Ask a Midwife" Zoom Call
Personalised guidance from Dr Robyn Thompson and her expert team of midwives, during your pregnancy.
BONUS: A Healthcare Provider's Guide to the Thompson Method
Equip your medical team to help you achieve your breastfeeding goals.
Postpartum Breastfeeding Support
Live, group support from Dr Robyn Thompson and her team of midwives, after your baby arrives to address any early breastfeeding complications.
BONUS: A Partner's Guide to the Thompson Method
Empower your partner to advocate for you during birth and breastfeeding.
The Thompson Method Online Breastfeeding Program
Lifetime access to the full Thompson Method Breastfeeding Course and access to 24/7 support in the Breastfeeding Club.
BONUS: A Grandparent's Guide to the Thompson Method
Prepare family and friends to support your breastfeeding journey.
Connect your way.
In-Person Local Support
Meet with me in-person along with other expecting mothers for small group sessions in the Ottawa and surrounding areas including Prescott-Russell
Virtual Small Groups
Meet with me in small group online sessions along with other expecting mothers from around the world
The Beautiful Breastfeeding program teaches The Thompson Method—a gentle, natural approach proven to reduce the risk of common breastfeeding complications.
What mothers have to say about The Thompson Method,
the foundation of Beautiful Breastfeeding…
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 continue to provide in the private group.
I actually WANT to breastfeed my baby after birth. She’s a little over 24hrs old, and our breastfeeding journey is already 1,000x better than my last four. By this time I usually had cracked and bleeding nipples, but thanks to The Thompson Method, it is painless and inviting. Things are going amazingly and she latches like a champion all on her own.
It's so scary to be a first time mom,. You have to worry about pregnancy, labor, delivery and everything else that comes after that. But having the knowledge from the Thompson Method has made my breastfeeding journey amazing! I am now 4 months [exclusively breastfeeding] and breastfeeding has been by far the most enjoyable part of being a mom.
Feel fully prepared and confident.
With proactive education and support in the Beautiful Breastfeeding program, you will:
Mother of 4, Certified Thompson Method
Breastfeeding Educator & Doula
- Enjoy a sense of community as you prepare for birth and breastfeeding.
- Feel empowered and in control of your labour, birth, and breastfeeding journey, even in the event of a planned or emergency C-section.
- Understand how to reduce the risk of breastfeeding complications, even if you’ve experienced them in the past.
- Know that your partner is prepared to support your breastfeeding goals from the start.
- Establish and maintain your breast milk supply so you can provide the best possible nutrition for your baby for as long as you choose.
- Feel ready to self-advocate and give your baby the best possible start to breastfeeding.
A Certified Educator is here for you.
“Our ultimate aim is to help you reduce the risk of painful breastfeeding complications so that you can not only be in control of your breastfeeding journey but also truly enjoy the precious time spent between a mother and her baby.”
– Dr Robyn, founder of The Thompson Method
Breastfeeding can be beautiful.
Connect with me.
If I’m not near you, don’t worry! I offer online options at convenient times so everyone can participate.
Feel confident and prepared.
Discover an gentle approach to positioning and latching, know how to establish and maintain your breast milk supply, and understand how to avoid painful nipples from the start.
Breastfeed for as long as you choose.
Even if you encounter challenges, you’ll feel at ease knowing our amazing support team, and our incredible community have your back at any stage of your birth and breastfeeding journey.
The best time to focus on breastfeeding is before your baby arrives.
Three good reasons to skip past “wait and see”…
Postpartum can be overwhelming.
Adding a tiny one to your life is a big transition! You’ll be navigating new normals and learning so much on the fly. By learning to breastfeed now, you’ll be able to enjoy the journey instead of worrying through it.
You’ll soon have less free time.
It’s no secret that newborns require time and energy—all of which are in short supply in those early days and weeks. Use the “extra” time you have now to grow your knowledge and confidence.
Early complications can derail breastfeeding.
Mothers who experience complications in the early hours and days of breastfeeding are more likely to give up before they want to. With advance preparation, you’re less likely to experience those complications.
Beautiful Breastfeeding is the personalized guidance and support you and your baby deserve.
Learn the gentle, natural approach and have permission to trust your instincts, your body, and your baby through birth, breastfeeding, and beyond.
What's the difference between Beautiful Breastfeeding and The Thompson Method Breastfeeding Program?
Beautiful Breastfeeding adds an important layer of personalised support to the Thompson Method Breastfeeding Program.
Rather than navigating the online course on your own, a Certified Breastfeeding Educator guides you through the program via virtual or in-person small group sessions.
In addition, Beautiful Breastfeeding gives you access to “ask-a-midwife” calls and postpartum group sessions to fine-tune your breastfeeding and address any concerns you have as you create your birth and breastfeeding plan.
Finally, you receive three bonus guides for your partner, your family, and your health care professional
This isn't my first baby. Is this program for me?
Absolutely! Whether you’re a first-time mother or you’ve been through it all before, your certified Thompson Method Educator will guide you step-by-step so you can avoid common breastfeeding complications—even if you’ve experienced them in the past.
How long do I have access to the program?
Your purchase includes lifetime access to the Thompson Method Breastfeeding Program and the support group (The Breastfeeding Club), so you can revisit the program as your family grows.
How do I know if The Thompson Method will work for me?
The Thompson Method can work for any woman and her baby. However, it’s important to acknowledge that every woman and every baby are unique. It’s not a one size fits all approach.
The principles are based on the anatomy of the breastfeeding baby (Dr Robyn’s PhD research) to help women reduce the risk of painful complications, which also helps women establish and maintain their milk supply.
Of course, there are exceptions depending on your unique circumstances and there are no guarantees. If you’re not sure, or if you’re really struggling with breastfeeding and would like some 1:1 help, let us know, and our team will point you in the right direction.
Why should I buy a course when so much information is available for free?
We understand new babies can be expensive, and it’s tough to prioritize your spending!
When it comes to breastfeeding education, it’s important to be mindful that much of the free information online is inconsistent and confusing—which is the opposite of what you need right now.
Also, receiving tips shared online and from well-meaning family and friends only provides snippets of information. Our program provides you with a complete picture (along with support) so you can be well-informed and prepared to make informed decisions, even in unexpected situations.
Finally, The Thompson Method is based on Dr Robyn’s extensive research as the world’s first PhD in nipple trauma.
When should I start the program?
The sooner the better. The longer you have access to this education, the better prepared you’ll be and the better you’ll understand how breastfeeding really works.
Our suggestion is to get the education now, while you’re motivated to learn and while you have the time to absorb it all.
And remember: You have lifetime access to the Thompson Method Breastfeeding Program and to 24/7 support in the Breastfeeding Club.
Won't the hospital show me how to breastfeed?
Yes. But chances are, you’ll be shown a variety of different techniques by different people. It’s one of the most common frustrations we hear from women after being discharged from the hospital!
And with the rush to get you discharged, these techniques often include forcing your baby to the breast, just to “get you breastfeeding” before you go home. This is why it’s so important that you are fully prepared and have enough confidence to make wise choices. Sometimes that includes saying “No thanks, I’ve got this.”
I'm already breastfeeding. Is this program for me?
Beautiful Breastfeeding is designed for pregnant women. If you’re already breastfeeding and experiencing some challenges, The Thompson Method Breastfeeding Program may be more suitable for you.
This self-guided program addresses common complications such as painful nipples, low supply, and engorgement. Plus you’ll gain access to The Breastfeeding Club for 24/7 online support to get you through the challenging times.
If your challenge is more complex, or you’re feeling overwhelmed, a private one-on-one Breastfeeding Rescue with a Thompson Method Certified Practitioner may be more appropriate for you. When you purchase a Rescue, you also receive full access to the online program and the Club.
Are you anti-formula?
Absolutely not. Every woman and her baby is unique, and we support a woman’s decision to feed her baby how she chooses. Our only motivation is to ensure women who want to breastfeed have the education and support they need to do so for as long as they wish.
Can't I wait to see if I actually need something like this?
You could. We just don’t recommend it. It’s not easy to learn how to breastfeed while you’re already breastfeeding, let alone if you’re already experiencing painful nipples.
Plus, once your baby is born, you’ll have less time to get education and support if you need it, and you may feel especially tired and overwhelmed in those first few days and weeks.
That said, if you decide to wait and discover you could use a hand later on, we’ll be here for you!
I have _____. Will this work for me?
The Thompson Method can be effective for every kind of mother and baby—mothers breastfeeding for the first time or the last; mothers who’ve had breast surgery or who’ve been told they have insufficient glandular tissue, hyperplasia, or tubular breasts; mothers with large breasts or flat or inverted nipples; twins; C-section; NICU babies; and babies with tongue- or lip-tie concerns.
Should I still do this program if I'm going to an antenatal class?
In the Beautiful Breastfeeding program, breastfeeding is the core focus, and it’s likely the information shared in your antenatal class will be different to what’s shared in our program.
According to Dr Robyn Thompson’s research, commonly taught forceful techniques are closely linked to painful nipple trauma. In fact, in her research of women experiencing nipple damage, 85% of them were using the most commonly taught technique: cross-cradle.
You’ll also come to understand that the decisions you make during your labour and birth will greatly influence your breastfeeding journey. That means having access to this information will also help you reduce the risk of complications for your labour and birth.
This is the only program where you’ll learn The Thompson Method, and it’s designed to help you fully prepare you for your breastfeeding journey, give you the tools to know how to best manage breastfeeding when you arrive home, provide you with information on how to quickly overcome pain if you start to feel it and much, much more.
What does Beautiful Breastfeeding cost?
Our Educators are based all around the world, so the price may vary according to your local currency. When you connect with your certified Educator, she will discuss pricing with you.
Just remember, the cost of the Beautiful Breastfeeding program includes lifetime access to the complete Thompson Method Breastfeeding Program, The Breastfeeding Club, and all of the bonuses mentioned on this page.
How long does the program take?
The Beautiful Breastfeeding Program occurs in either four, 60-90-minute sessions (one each week) or in one, all-day session. (Check with your Educator to see if the all-day option is available.)
Inside the accompanying Thompson Method Breastfeeding Program, you’ll have access to 20+ hours of video content. But don’t worry! The course is divided into short lessons so you can go at your own pace, discovering new information as you need it.
What are the 3 Golden Hours?
The 3 Golden Hours refer to the immediate hours after a mother gives birth.
Through our program, you’ll learn how to self-advocate so you’re given the opportunity to be skin-to-skin with your baby during these 3 hours, which allows you to breastfeed and form an immediate bond.
You’ll also learn what to do if you don’t get your 3 Golden Hours. (All is not lost!)
I'm planning a C-Section. Is this suitable for me?
Most definitely. Clearly communicating what’s most important to you with your medical team, whether you’re planning for a vaginal birth or C-Section, means that your wishes are more likely to be heard and understood. Our Birth & Breastfeeding Plan Template guides you through the process of writing down your priorities with the understanding that if anything changes, a gentle discussion will take place when appropriate.
How do I access the program?
Your Thompson Method Certified Educator will set up Zoom calls for your group and will walk you through the material on those calls. You’ll also receive access to an online learning platform you can access from any internet-enabled device.
What's so different about The Thompson Method?
The information shared in this program is by Dr Robyn Thompson, a midwife with 50+ years of experience and the world’s first PhD in nipple trauma.
The Thompson Method challenges the commonly taught, forceful techniques taught in most hospitals. It’s gentle and encourages women to be strong and trust their maternal instincts.
We have an immense amount of respect for the professionals working within the hospital system. However, it’s important to acknowledge that hospital policies aren’t necessarily in the best interests of the breastfeeding mother and her baby, placing the professionals under pressure to conform to unrealistic time constraints. By adopting The Thompson Method, you are more likely to experience a positive breastfeeding outcome.
But it’s not just the method; it’s the belief behind The Thompson Method. A belief that every woman and her baby is unique. It’s a belief that every baby will be born in its own time; not at the convenience of hospital policy. It’s an understanding of the importance of the first breastfeed and that routine procedures should not interrupt or delay this precious time between a mother and her baby. It’s knowledge of how breast milk is produced that empowers the woman to know what to do and trust that her baby innately knows what to do, too. It’s having respect for the strength of one woman to give birth to her baby, with full support of how incredible both she and her baby are.
The aim of The Thompson Method is to share factual information with a woman in pregnancy so she can be more empowered and confident when giving birth so she can get her breastfeeding journey off to a positive start.
Upcoming Classes of the Beautiful Breastfeeding Program
Serving the Ottawa and surrounding areas and Prescott-Russell.