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MilkWorks celebrates 20 years of breastfeeding support
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MilkWorks celebrates 20 years of breastfeeding support

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On our September cover is Dr. Kathy Leeper, who has been with MilkWorks since it opened 20 years ago. MilkWorks is a nonprofit dedicated to creating a healthier community by helping mothers breastfeed their babies, like the baby Dr. Leeper is holding – Gabriella, three-week-old daughter of Maritza and Alex Asboe.

Leeper explains in our cover story how 20 years ago, a small group of mothers who all worked in maternal child health created MilkWorks.

“We wanted to put ourselves out of business,” she said, adding that while there is more knowledge and community support for breastfeeding today than 20 years ago, the complexity of what MilkWorks does has increased.

Julia McQuillan, who along with daughter Thea were among the first families to visit MilkWorks in 2001, also comments in our cover story. See the details in the story posted on this website. We thank John F. Keller for shooting our September cover photo.

Speaking of women leaders, our Inspire Q&A article (on this website) features Aakriti Agrawal, data governance analyst at Ameritas and co-founder of Girls Code Lincoln. The seventh annual Inspire Awards ceremony is coming up Sept. 21 at Embassy Suites (see Party Planner on this site).

Around town

The Sheldon Museum of Art unveiled its new exhibition, “Point of Departure: Abstraction 1958-Present,” on Aug. 13. See L. Kent Wolgamott’s review of the exhibition and photos on this site.

Also in this issue, we highlight seven local honorees who were inducted into the Nebraska Performing Arts Hall of Fame during a July 17 ceremony in Lincoln’s historic Pla Mor Ballroom. Proceeds from the event will fund musical instruments for children.

Looking for a new restaurant to try? Mughil’s Indian Cuisine, a southwest Lincoln eatery, offers unique South Indian fare. The family-owned restaurant opened in 2020. See Larry Kubert’s review on this website.

And if you like wine and dogs, it’s hard to beat the Wine & Howl fundraiser for Lincoln Animal Ambassadors at Deer Springs Winery. I attended that event with my wife ReNae and son John on July 25. It was good to see the return of dog rescue services, local animal welfare groups and pet-related companies that were absent from the 2020 event due to the pandemic. Our coverage is posted on this site.

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