He asks me what kind of work I do. We meet over a glass of wine at a party. He is in his late sixties, h

as no children and never been involved in any, so my answer ‘lactation consultant’ doesn’t mean anything to him. ‘Whát do you do’?

And when I explain I assist mothers and babies with breastfeedingissues his next question is ‘What do you actually dó then’?

I tell him how mother co


ntact me for example with painfull nipples. And he wants to know more: what do I do then? So I show him on my fingertip what a difference it makes if pressure is applied to the top (uncomfortable and flow is blocked) or beyond (increased flow and comfort). And how a fingertip is actually similar in size, flow and sensitivity. And that increasing flow and comfort can make breastfeeding a more rewarding experience for mother and child.

“I see’, he says, ‘yo

u are some kind of plumber then. Milk needs to flow freely without any leaks’. Well… yeah, in that sense I am some kind of plumber.

But there is more, I explain. It’s not just technical. As a minimum I have 2 clients, mother and child. And if breastfeeding is not working well an important part of my job is to help them find the cooperation to form a team (again). And then there’s the network around mom and baby

: partners, family, healthcare professionals who need to be involved. Moreover there are also issues that deal with the autonomy of the baby more than with technique, such as bottlerefusal. Then it is my job to help the parents work with the baby to find a good solution that suits the whole family-team.

‘I see’, he says. ‘So you are also a mediator. You’re a plumber/mediator’.

He is happy he understands what I do for a living, and we contently enjoy our wine. Shall I put this title on my businesscard?

Concorde way to breastfeed: Video and FAQ’s

The Concorde way of latching on in breastfeeding was developed for tonguetied babies and their moms. It appears to be a usefull alternative hold with many other breastfeedingissues. There is a video about it which can be found here.

And these are the most frequently asked questions with an answer:

Does this hold make clipping buccal ties unnescessary?

Will this way of latching work for every breastfeedingproblem?.

With which breastfeeding issues may this hold be effective?

It is correct that mom’s fingers are so very close to babies mouth?

What about an increased risk of blocked ducts?

Why do you think baby learns to drink well this way?

Do you need to keep supporting the breast the whole feed?

Can you really correct latch without taking baby off the breast?

How can you use this concorde way of feeding after a c-section?

Breastfeeding the Concorde-way: a manual

Breastfeeding the Concorde-way: a manual

At last: a manual for the Concorde-way of latching on. Made by a friend who designs lovely things with her colleague:

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.

Download: Concorde_Manual_2.0_EN

Concorde: werk in uitvoering.

Concorde: werk in uitvoering.

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.

This is what we now call ‘madonna’hold: a baby that is almost horizontal in mothers arms, with no support to the breast at all.

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.