Thursday, September 15, 2016

LLL mtg-Sleep & Other Challenges

At our next morning meeting we will be discussing that precious commodity for all parents--Sleep. There are as many sleep philosophies and set-ups as there are babies. Come share ideas of what has worked for your family, struggles you face, and an open heart for commiseration. 

We're also looking forward to hearing your breastfeeding questions, concerns, and successes.

10am Tuesday, September 20
Sunnyside Presbyterian Church
115 S. Frances St.
South Bend, IN 46617

*** It's not too late to join LLL families from around the state at our Conference this Saturday! With top-notch speakers and supportive camaraderie, it'll be a wonderful experience! ***
http://lllofindiana.org/conference-2016/
https://www.facebook.com/events/283071695378542/

Monday, September 12, 2016

LLL Evening Mtg

Come join us Tuesday (tomorrow), September 13, 7 p.m. at River Park Branch Library.  We will be discussing Baby Wearing. Do you have a favorite type of baby carrier?  Or do you find different types work at different ages and stages?  How has baby wearing made breastfeeding easier?  Please bring your own baby carriers to "show and tell" what you have enjoyed.  Expectant mothers, breastfeeding mothers and babies all welcome along with any other questions you have.

Friday, September 2, 2016

LLL Conference & Playgroup!

It's September already! Next Tuesday is our monthly playgroup in the park--we hope you'll join us on September 6 between 10am-noon at Parkovash Park!
277 Parkovash Avenue
South Bend, Indiana 46617


Also, in 2 weeks is the Indiana LLL Conference in Indy!
Early Bird Pricing has been extended through Septmeber 6th, the day after Labor Day! If you were worried about missing the deadline, worry no more. You still have time to register at the lowest rate!

If you're concerned about entertaining toddlers in the room throughout the event, know that we will have four older LLL girls ready and willing to keep littles occupied. We'll have a "children's table" near the back of the room with crayons and coloring pages and a few toys. In the afternoon, during the round table discussions, volunteers will have a Mo Willems themed story and activity time. And don't forget to take advantage of the longer than average lunch break to get outside, watch the paddle boats, and run around.

Exhibitors include LuLaRoe, Norwex, Jamberry, Usborne Books, and the Mother's Milk Bank.
There will be lots of fantastic items in the Silent Auction as well, including passes to the Indianapolis Children's museum, cloth diapers, a boppie, and a $50 gift certificate for nursing wear. 

And don't forget about the speakers. Hearing a Founding Mother speak doesn't happen every day!
What are you waiting for? Register now. 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

**LLL Picnic-Cancelled**

In the interest of staying safe and dry, we've sadly canceled today's World Breastfeeding Week picnic. For more breastfeeding camaraderie, we hope you'll join us and others from LLL Indiana at the statewide conference coming up on September 17! http://lllofindiana.org/conference-2016/

Have a lovely, soggy weekend!
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Friday, August 19, 2016

Our Growing Nurslings


How is your nursing relationship changing as your baby moves towards (or through) toddlerhood? At this week's morning meeting we'll chat about nursing our babies into toddlerhood, and all the amusing and at times frustrating things that go with it! 
-Do you have thoughts about how setting limits with gentle discipline fit in to your current (and future!) nursing relationship?

-Are you curious about the weaning process--how to be gentle, respectful and gradual?

-Are you thinking about getting pregnant again but aren't sure whether you should wean first? 

-Wondering about nursing through pregnancy and continuing to tandem nurse once the new baby is here? 

If you are thinking about any of these issues, or have experiences to share, please join us at the next LLL morning meeting! And even if these topics aren't relevant to you right now, come enjoy the camaraderie, commiseration and support of other nursing mamas. 

And we always make space for any other breastfeeding concerns or questions you may have!

See you Tuesday, August 22 @10:15am
Harris Branch Library
51446 Elm Road
Granger, IN 46530

Here's some valuable information about breastfeeding past infancy: 
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And here's a blog about nursing aversion we can sometimes feel with our older nurslings, particularly when pregnant: http://www.katesurfs.com/2013/10/27/when-nursing-your-child-gives-you-the-heebie-jeebies-and-a-tandem-breastfeeding-anniversary/

What about nighttime nursing for older babies?

And some concrete ideas of how to ease the transition for the older sib during lengthy and frequent newborn nursing sessions: http://naturalparentsnetwork.com/breastfeeding-toddler-playtime/
And one mama's emotional/hormonal experience of welcoming her new baby, while saying goodbye to the intimate one-on-one relationship with her first: http://www.thebadassbreastfeeder.com/im-going-to-miss-you/

Thoughts about gentle weaning:
and

And here's a lovely blog about one mama's experience throughout ever-changing breastfeeding relationships: http://blog.nurturedchild.ca/index.php/2010/11/13/what-my-children-learned-at-my-breast/

-- 
La Leche League of South Bend
http://lllofsouthbend.blogspot.com/

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Friday, August 12, 2016

LLL mtg-Starting Solids/Family Nutrition

Are you thinking about starting solids? Wondering about how best to care for your own nutritional needs as a nursing mother? Dealing with a picky toddler or preschooler? Next week's morning meeting will be all about introducing first foods and encouraging nutritious eating as our children grow. Come with questions or experiences to share. We are thrilled to be able to show a short video on the subject that we made in collaboration with a video production class at Saint Mary's College--you'll see some familiar faces!!

As always, we will have time for any breastfeeding questions, concerns, and successes you'd like to share.
Looking forward to seeing you at around 10am on Tuesday, August 16
Sunnyside Presbyterian Church
115 S. Frances St.
South Bend, IN 46617

Sunday, August 7, 2016

LLL Evening Meeting

We are back at River Park Branch Library, Tuesday August 9 at 7 p.m. to discuss "Working and Breastfeeding".  Many of you are already back at work, and some of you will soon be returning to work outside the home.  What are some tips you can share with others? What are some challenges you find at work?  How do you streamline pumping time? What are the emotions you feel going back to work outside the home? Come share your experiences or come with questions. Expectant mothers and babies welcome!