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Dear KBC Members,

In last month’s letter, I alluded to Groundhog Day (movie) as I was back to serve as Chair of the Board of the KBC. Now, this month is the real Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, PA.  It was on Friday, February 2, 2024!  And because we, in the United States and therefore Kansas, are fun humans, we anticipated that when the groundhog emerged from its burrow on Friday and saw its shadow, winter would go on for six more weeks. We anticipated that there was a possibility that the laws of nature and physics would change: the sun would not come out, and so the groundhog would not see a shadow and that the Vernal Equinox would not occur on March 19th as it always does in the Northern Hemisphere! 

This made me think about other areas of our lives. Many of us humans are optimistic and hope, or perhaps even expect, that things that work a certain way will magically work differently … this time.  Perhaps we hope that if we do not make it possible for new parents to stay home and bond with their new little ones in order to establish human milk feeding, that still somehow, magically the new parents will be able to have a good supply of human milk. Perhaps we hope that even though we do not make human milk feeding the easy choice by fostering an environment that is supportive, that magically, new parents will still choose it.

Yes, it is good to be optimistic, however it is necessary to also be realistic.  Would you like to see the KBC achieve our mission to support breastfeeding today for a healthier Kansas tomorrow? Yes? Okay good.  What are you doing about it? What is one thing you can do each month to support human milk feeding individuals and families?  Is it something in your own family? Something at work? Something in your community? There is at least one thing that we can each do as change does not usually occur magically.

Okay. So, let’s do it!  My goal will be, each month, to support at least one family in exclusively feeding human milk to their baby/babies for at least 6 months.  I will keep you posted.  And I look forward to hearing what you are doing, and to supporting and cheering on your good work. You are wonderful.

And guess what else? It was super cloudy at 7:30 am on Friday, February 2nd, in Punxsutawney, PA.  And half of the magic happened – Phil the groundhog did not see his shadow. However, half of the expected magic remained in reality, and Spring will still start on March 19th this year, when the Vernal Equinox occurs. So, keep looking for that delightful and best mix of magic and reality in the human milk feeding world. Look for that mix and better yet, you be a part of making it happen. Allow me to repeat, you are wonderful.

Sincerely and gratefully,

Susan Lukwago
KBC Chair un año más 🙂