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Breastfeeding Preparations

It’s very important to me to nurse my baby. Is there anything I can do now to make it easier for me to nurse once my baby is born?

Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: If you’re going to nurse, here are some things to consider in preparation. Concerns about whether or not I’d be able to nurse my baby dominated my thinking toward the end of my pregnancy. Like most women, I had to go back to work after my baby was born, and I wanted to breastfeed. I bought a breast pump and worried a lot about how I was going to pump at work. Turns out I didn’t anticipate everything I could have. The first day I returned to work, I pumped (in the teeny supply closet they offered me) and put my pumped milk in a sealed container in the office refrigerator. Imagine my surprise when the office administer told me I had to move it the biohazard refrigerator instead because it was a body fluid. She wanted me to put my baby’s milk in with the throat cultures and stool samples! The next day, I brought a cooler and plenty of ice packs to keep the milk cold. 

Rallie McAllister, MD, MPH, a mother of three sons, a grandmother of one, a family physician, and the coauthor of The Mommy MD Guide to Pregnancy and Birth and The Mommy MD Guide to Your Baby’s First Year 

Mommy MD Guides-Recommended Product: Gia by Simplisse Angled Breastfeeding Pillow

Breastfeeding pillows are a must-have for moms, so this product category is growing fast. One great new pillow is the Gia by Simplisse. The Gia by Simplisse offers moms angled feeding, through its unique, thick-to-thin design that positions your baby at incline for comfortable nursing. This also helps with the positioning of different breastfeeding holds. Another terrific feature is its quilted down-like 100 percent cotton exterior, which is anti-microbial and stain-resistant. Better yet – the Gia by Simplisse is machine washable! You can use the pillow with or without covers – see all cover options at You can buy the Gia by Simplisse nursing pillow in select retail stores, Amazon.com and Buybuybaby.com for around $40.

The information on MommyMDGuides.com is not intended to replace the diagnosis, treatment, and services of a physician. Always consult your physician or child care expert if you have any questions concerning your family's health. For severe or life-threatening conditions, seek immediate medical attention.