Category Archives: Breastfeeding
At last: a manual for the Concorde-way of latching on. Made by a friend who designs lovely things with her colleague: www.watiets.nl
The concorde method is a way to help mothers and babies breastfeed comfortably with a tonguetie, before and/or after treatment. And it is a way to help those babies practice their tongues at breast in order to make breastfeeding enjoyable for both.
It is also a way to breastfeed that many more mothers and colleagues adopt since it is comfortable to use.
This manual has been tested in daily practice. Feel free to download it, to print it if you wish, and to share it. If you have any questions or want to share experiences with the method please do contact me. It is still a work in progress.Myrte_Concorde-manualK_20122016
A way to breastfeed I’ve called ‘Concorde’ offers a baby the chance to experience and explore why and how drinking at breast is more effective when the lower jaw is well placed under the areola. And the mother can assist her baby in this exploration while she is usually breastfeeding in more comfort. This is especially the case when a tonguetie and or receding chin and similar issues make breastfeeding difficult for both mother and child.
A manual is just an abstract. It is difficult to catch in words what is in reality a way in which mother and child work together in order to achieve comfortable and effective breastfeeding.
This is not a new way to breastfeed. And ‘concorde’ is an odd name for what is effectively a medieval way to breastfeed.
That is quite different from the way the medieval madonna lactans were depicted: their babies are sitting almost upright on their mothers lap, and mom supports the breast actively. She does this in a way we were taught not to do: almost as if she is holding a sigaret. The emphasis of the support however is at the lower jaw of the baby. And the emphasis on the support for the baby appears to be in the lower back, not behind the head.
This is what is offered in the concorde way of breastfeeding. In another post a more elaborate manual will be shared.