Feeding Your Baby


So, everyone knows all of the health benefits of breastfeeding. We are bombarded with the information on social media, in the news in the books we read as pregnant moms – and the mantra ‘breast is best’ is drilled into our conscious and unconscious minds. However, I’m here to just write an article on feeding your newborn baby – however you can safely.

Yes, there are definite benefits to breastfeeding  and is recommended at least for the first 6 months of life – but there are also benefits to NOT breastfeeding if it is crippling the mother in a way that is impeding her ability to love and care for the child. I breastfed for 7 months, but I still had to supplement with formula at least once a day. It was hard, probably one of the harder things I’ve ever done, but ‘breast is best’ kept playing on repeat in my mind every time I wanted to give up.  As Dr. Max Izbicki and countless others point out, breast milk contains antibodies that protect infants from certain illnesses, such as ear infections, diarrhea, respiratory illness, and allergies.  This is definitely true, and honestly aside from Jack’s condition, he was clear of any additional illnesses and infections that other infants sometimes get. However, I know plenty of friends and family members that were formula fed from the start, and they were perfectly healthy and grew to be a perfectly healthy adult. Even more recent studies show minimal if any differences between siblings who were breastfed and those who were formula fed.

The benefits of breastfeeding are out there (and it’s totally cheaper), but no one can prepare you for all the things that happen to the mother when breastfeeding! It is a serious commitment and sacrifice. There’s sore, sometimes bleeding nipples, the possibilities and probable issues like clogged ducts, sleepless nights (because you are the only source of food), mastitis, engorgement, and I mean just throwing this out there – no margaritas yet either ! 🙂 Oh, and what if your baby doesn’t latch and you have to pump instead. . . so much pumping. . . and there is so much to clean! All that to say, breastfeeding isn’t all rosy and delightful for every mother.

So, before you feel bad for wanting to turn to formula or at least supplement with formula for those night feedings, formula is NOT BAD and you’re not a bad mom for feeding your baby formula. With formula you won’t always be on the clock, other family members can help feed the baby, and at night sometimes those precious extra hours are so important. There is a lot of stuff to lug when going out (cooler, extra formula, bottles, bottled water, etc.) but you also won’t be strapped to a pump when returning to work – so that’s a plus. And, even if you think you won’t, you will still feel close to your baby. Snuggling them in the crook of your arm and staring into those beautiful eyes is as close as it gets 🙂

So, I guess this post is just to lay it all out there, and to reassure the red-eyed, sleep deprived mother trying to do what is best — no matter what you choose, it will be the best for you and your child.

Hugs to all the mothers out there!






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How the Drinking Scene Varies from Northern Virginia to Nashville

Beer on Barrel

White Wine

Whether you’re going out for a night on the town, or looking to relax on a Sunday afternoon, the rise in local breweries and wineries has created a cultural shift in the drinking scene in cities all around the United States.

Cities like Nashville are home to some of the best music, food, and drinks in the southeast. With nineteen breweries alone, finding select craft beers is no challenge. Instead, the biggest challenge is trying to select which craft beer you should enjoy first! However, if you’re looking for something a little stronger, Nashville is also home to some of the best local bars that provide hand-crafted cocktails and a wide-assortment of whiskey. To help narrow the choices down for you, here is a list for some of the best bars in Nashville that offer some of the best drinks.

If it’s wine you’re looking for, look no further than Northern Virginia. Virginia has been crafting wine for almost two centuries and is the 5th largest wine producing region in the country! There are more than 180 wineries to choose from. With so many choices, it’s hard to narrow it down,but here is a list of the top ten wineries in Virginia.

No matter which direction you decide to go, the success of local craft breweries and wineries is taking over the country, and it doesn’t look like they will be stopping any time soon. So grab a buddy or two, and enjoy this new shift that local crafters are supplying, and remember to always drink responsibly.


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