Friday, July 20, 2018

LLL Meeting - Importance of Breastfeeding

Hello, Mamas!

At this month's meeting we will be talking about the myriad reasons we choose to breastfeed, why we love it, why we push through the times we don't love it, and the constantly growing list of amazing things breastmilk and breastfeeding do for us physically, emotionally, and in other ways!

What are some of your favorite facts about the power of our milk and the breastfeeding bond? What inspired you to breastfeed your child/ren? What struggles have you worked through?

The cultural conversation has often centered around the "breast is best" adage, but that implies that breastfeeding is a bonus instead of simply the baseline. Since breastfeeding is the biological norm, let's change the conversation and talk about why we are glad to have (and give) the support we need to in order to make nursing possible!

As always, there will be time for any general breastfeeding questions and troubleshooting, as well as time to share our successes and joys!

Please join us this Tuesday, July 24 at 10:00am
Bittersweet Branch Library
602 N Bittersweet Rd,
Mishawaka, IN 46544 

A sciency approach to the problem of whether "breast is best" or "breast is normal:"

15 Cool Facts about breastfeeding:

An in-depth list of some lesser-known fabulous facts:

How the benefits of breastfeeding are not restricted to infancy! Why nursing into toddlerhood can be amazing:

A linky resource with all the groups around the world (and their statements) about why breastfeeding is vitally important to the overall health of a population:

A quick list of 7 awesome advantages nursing mommas experience:

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Hello Friends!

No matter what our lives looked like before kids, we all know our perspectives are vastly different after. And whether we go back to work after 6 weeks, 12 weeks, full-time, part-time, not at all, SAHM, WAHM, free-lancer, mompreneur, etc., we all struggle with balance and how to Make It Work. 

At the next LLL morning meeting we'll share ideas of how we have done this and issues we haven't yet solved. How do you fill those long hours with baby? How do you divvy up household chores? How do you fit breastfeeding and/or pumping into your new lifestyle? (Or how do you adapt your lifestyle to breastfeeding?!) Child care? How do you make sure you get the help you need? When do you take on new duties? How do you structure your days in a way that works for you and your child(ren)? We'll delve into all of this and more. 

And of course, we will have room for your breastfeeding questions, concerns, and successes.

See you at 10am Tuesday, July 17

Sunnyside Presbyterian Church 
115 S. Francis St. South Bend, IN

Here are some really affirming "we're all in this together" essays:

And a couple of helpful websites about working and breastfeeding:

Everyone's favorite Honest Toddler proves that our little ones truly are learning a lot from our housekeeping abilities ;)

For those needing to provide milk while away from baby, some information on how much milk baby may take:
and on the safe storage of breastmilk:

Historical photos, showing that mothers have been making it work forever!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

LLL Evening Mtg - Starting Solids

Join us Tuesday, July 10 at 7 pm, at the Tutt Branch library to discuss introducing solid foods to baby. How do you know when your baby is ready for solid foods? What are some good foods to start with? Have you found yourself trying to improve your family diet at the same time? How will this impact pumping, if you work outside the home? If you have already started solid foods, or are seeking information, please come!

Friday, June 29, 2018

LLL Playgroup!


We are looking forward to our next outdoor playgroup this week at Parkovash Park - a quiet little park with room for parents to walk around with their wee ones snuggled, toddlers to run, climb, and swing, and nice shady spots for babies and parents to sit and visit. Come on out and join us--no baby is too young for a mama to benefit from a playgroup! (Even the ones still in utero!)

Robin will be waiting to welcome you.

(In case of rain or cold, we will move to the Main Library Children's Services!)

See you on Tuesday, July 3, between 10am-noon

Parkovash Park

Friday, June 22, 2018

LLL Meeting - Sleep & Other Concerns

Hello Wonderful Mamas!

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, June 26th

Bittersweet Branch Library
602 N Bittersweet Rd,
Mishawaka, IN 46544
https://goo.gl/maps/vCCEi7z3jZ12

Did you know that the foremost expert of mother-baby cosleeping is right here at Notre Dame?

http://cosleeping.nd.edu/safe-co-sleeping-guidelines/

http://neuroanthropology.net/2008/12/21/cosleeping-and-biological-imperatives-why-human-babies-do-not-and-should-not-sleep-alone/

Information and resources from LLLI about the new book:
https://www.llli.org/resources/sweet-sleep/

Here are some ideas for helping baby sleep:

http://www.phdinparenting.com/2009/02/28/gentle-baby-and-toddler-sleep-tips/#.UED8_xzRzZx

And some reasons it's okay to "still" be nursing your older baby/toddler at night:

https://breastfeedingusa.org/content/article/does-your-older-baby-still-need-night-feedings-0

One mother's story about her co-sleeping journey:

http://www.thebadassbreastfeeder.com/when-they-need-you-to-fall-asleep-self-soothing-and-other-myths/

and finally, here's some comedy from the Honest Toddler--the inner voice many of our babes share:

http://www.thehonesttoddler.com/2012/08/big-bed_25.html

http://www.thehonesttoddler.com/2013/01/the-nap-window_7.html

Saturday, June 9, 2018

LLL Evening Meeting - Sleep and other challenges

DSC_0039 copy.jpg Join us Tuesday, June 12 at 7 p.m., Tutt Branch Library on the corner of Ewing and Miami.  We will be in the private community room this month.  Come and share with us your successes and problems as we discuss sleep and other challenges.  Expectant mothers and babies all welcome.

Please also sign up to help at the annual Lactation Station at the St. Joseph County Fair. Click on the google doc below to sign up.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1tTPNlxAXsl7WU38PWBUB30cP83Fbc8QmKicrXzQiizI/edit#heading=h.j3rw2qwx0qe4