Happy Hanukkah, Happy St. Nicholas Day, Happy St. Lucia’s Day, Happy Solstice, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy New Year’s, and Felice Navidad to one & all! Phew! Our Yuletide season really likes to get started with a bang doing gift shopping, card sending, social visits (albeit differently this past season), New Year’s resolutions, holiday celebrations, & religious observances. Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? Personally, I don’t like to set drastic goals, only to fail & feel bad. Rather I like to set short & long term goals throughout the year, trying to be kind to myself as I waiver & falter, but trying to stay the course (See Learning Curves for breastfeeding @ Learning Curves – Solutions for Breastfeeding). However, I enjoy reflecting on the past year with what happened, what we learned, & how can we improve. My reflections culminated with one word going forward – kindness. We, as a society, are at a very low & dark period in time.

I think it is important to be kind to ourselves – after all, we can only do our best & no one is perfect. We ALL make mistakes – the idea is to learn from those mistakes.
We are all in this world together — we ALL have our issues & problems to deal with that may not enable us to be at our best, whether its death, illness, racism, unemployment, mental issues. I think we should take a deep breath (or a few!) to not bash & judge, but to calmly & respectfully discuss our differences, reach out for help, & be willing to help others.

If our babies could talk, what would they have to say? I surmise …

It’s ok Mommy, all I want is you!

I’m sorry Mommy – I couldn’t help myself; I just needed to let off some steam.

Please keep me with you – I don’t require much. I just need to eat, sleep, be warm – oh, & have my diaper changed frequently.

I didn’t mean to hurt you. How can we make this better?

Will you call that nice lactation consultant to help us figure it out?

Haha, seriously though, please reach out if there is anything I can help you with @ Solutions for Breastfeeding — no issue or question is too small. In my experience, parenting was one of the hardest things I ever went through – it is just so vast, so tiring & so overwhelming! Wishing all of you a better 2021 than 2020!