The Importance of Being Reese

How I Overcame a Decreasing Milk Supply

Tracking  Pixel I received product and compensation from Mead Johnson Nutrition to create this post written by me. All experiences and opinions expressed in this post are my own and not those of Mead Johnson Nutrition. You can contact Mead Johnson Nutrition with product related questions or comments toll free at 1-800-BABY-123 (1-800-222-9123).

You know those commercials that show the new mom looking lovingly at her new babe, effortlessly breastfeeding in a rocking chair in their perfectly coordinated nursery? Of course, their hair and makeup are meticulous, they have no bags under their eyes, and have somehow managed to revert back to their pre-baby weight in two days. Three months into breastfeeding kiddo number two and I can officially tell you that those commercials are nothing like the reality of breastfeeding. Which is how I ended up supplementing with Enfamil NeuroPro™ to help get us through this rough patch.
Breastfeeding is hard. Period. While it can be an incredible bonding experience with your new babe, it can also be incredibly difficult. And I know because I have been there. Twice. This time around I figured it would be much easier. After all I had successfully breastfed Little J for nearly 2 years, breastfeeding Baby J should be a breeze. Right? Wrong.

The first month, I was painfully engorged and produced too much milk. By month two, Baby J had become fixated on one breast and refused to touch the other, which caused serious supply issues. And here we are in month three. My supply has decreased to the point where I have officially had to supplement to keep up with his appetite.

As difficult as the decision to supplement is/was, I'm incredibly thankful Enfamil NeuroPro is there to help get us over the hump. As I said from day one, I have always wanted to provide the best for my kiddos, and while breastfeeding is a wonderful experience, ultimately, fed is best. Enfamil NeuroPro is the FIRST formula that has an exclusive MFGM and DHA blend for brain building benefits similar to those of breast milk* In short, this means that Enfamil NeuroPro is the first formula on the market that has MFGM added as an ingredient. MFGM has been clinically shown to help close the gap in cognitive development between formula-fed and breastfed infants.**

In crunchy mama, baby wearing, breastfeeding, cloth diapering circles, this is HUGE! Supplementing with Enfamil NeuroPro has alleviated an incredible amount of stress (which truthfully was probably one of the BIGGEST causes on my decreasing supply). And getting rid of the stress has allowed me to reset and tackle my decreasing supply head on.

In addition to breastfeeding Baby J, and supplementing with several bottles of formula a day. I've dusted off my breast pump and started pumping several times a day to 'trick' my body into producing more milk. I'm happy to report that in the last week, there has been a noticeable increase in my milk supply. I suspect removing the stress has done the most good. It's removed such a weight off my shoulders and has allowed us to continue living our best lives and enjoying what truly matters. Love, laughter, chubby cheeks and making memories.

So, if you find yourself in a similar predicament, remember that ultimately fed, happy and healthy is best. At the end of the day, you must do what is best for your baby and family.

For more information, visit Enfamil or call 1-800-BABY-123 (1-800-222-9123) for more information and to request a free sample.




*In amounts supported by clinical research. As measured by Bayley cognitive scores.

**As measured by Bayley-III cognitive score at 12 months in a different formula with MFGM added as an ingredient.

This is sponsored by Enfamil® Infant Formula.

Hello World



Baby J was born early Saturday morning on January 13th. 

Both me and my babe are in good health after a difficult delivery and pregnancy. 

Stay tuned for our birth story, but for now, say hello to the latest addition of The A Team. 

With love, 

Reese

Month 7


It's hard to believe we're only two months shy of Baby J's arrival. We're finally, and officially in prep mode. It's interesting how this time around, things are a bit more relaxed. Almost immediately after I discovered I was pregnant with Little J, we had the nursery set up, diapers stockpiled, and her college picked out. I guess it's true what they say about the second born not being coddled quite as much.

I likely won't be traveling as much in the coming months while we prepare for Baby J's arrival, or likely much afterwards either. I'm okay with this. For now. I've discovered that being pregnant at 31 is a bit more challenging than being pregnant at 23. I'd imagine that my recovery time will likely be a bit longer than the first as well.

The Best Places to See and Experience Fall On The Blue Ridge Parkway


A/N: This post is sponsored by Toyota & The Biltmore Estate, however, all thoughts and opinions about how amazing this vehicle and restaurant are, belong solely to me. 

 A few weeks ago we headed to the gorgeous Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina to catch the changing of the leaves. If you live in or around North Carolina, you know the Parkway is a hot spot during the fall months. This is because the Blue Ridge Parkway boasts some of the most scenic views and autumn colors in the South during the Fall and Spring months.

Since we're in such close proximity, we typically visit Asheville at least twice a year, and it never fails to disappoint. In that time, we've learned that there are some extraordinary places to take in the scenery. So if you're planning on heading that way anytime soon, here are some tips to help get you there safely, provide you with some gorgeous views and make sure your visit to The Blue Ridge Parkway is everything you expect, and more!

Pumpkin Spice Crescents

Add a bit of Pumpkin Spice to your meal with these deliciously easy-to-make Pumpkin Spiced Crescents. 

We're officially entered into the season of Pumpkin Spiced Everything! Ironically enough, as coffee obsessed as I am, I am not a fan of Pumpkin Spiced Lattes as Starbucks. But these Pumpkin Spiced Crescent Rolls, well that's another story...

If I could eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner without severe repercussions on my waist-line, not to mention sugar levels, I would be tempted. As it is, I make these a few times a month during the cooler months. They remind me of all the things I love about Fall. Pumpkin, vanilla and warm desserts fresh from the oven.

It doesn't get much better than this.

2017 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Kids

Disclosure: Product(s) featured in this Holiday Gift Guide were provided to me free of cost to me for inclusion in the holiday gift guide, however, all thoughts and opinions belong solely to me. Happy shopping!


Finally, we've arrived at the final section of my 2017 Holiday Gift Guide. I've done several gift guides in the past, and the kids section is always my favorite section. As an 80's baby, our toys weren't quite as 'next level' as this generations, and I can't help but be in awe of at the tech savvy and educational options for kids toys are out there. It was actually hard not to go off the rails and just list all the things, but here are some of my favorite picks for the kiddos this holiday season!

Remember, there's still time to enter into my Amazon Gift Card Giveaway! Just scroll to the bottom of the page and fill out the Rafflecopter widget in order to enter the giveaway.

To view all four gift guides, check out the links below!

For the Moms Holiday Gift Guide
For the Dads Holiday Gift Guide
For the Teens Holiday Gift Guide
For the Kids Holiday Gift Guide

Good luck and happy shopping