Thursday, October 12, 2017

LLL meeting - Birth

At our next morning meeting we will share our ideas and experiences around Birth. How did your birth experience(s) impact breastfeeding? What would you change if you could? What would you recommend to other mothers? Bring ideas of local resources, supportive ears, and open minds as we come together to share our perspectives on this powerful topic.

As always, we will have room for your breastfeeding questions, concerns, and successes!

We're looking forward to seeing you at 10:00 am, Tuesday October 17th
Sunnyside Presbyterian Church
115 S. Frances St.
South Bend, IN 46617

Birth directly affects breastfeeding--here are some thoughts on the process:

Sometimes our birth experiences don't lend themselves to an easy transition to breastfeeding. Here are some ideas for breastfeeding after a c-section:

Often women feel a sense of loss or trauma after a birth--here is an article talking about making peace with our birthexperiences:

And here are some tips about preparing for birth
including looking at hiring a doula:

An essay about the transition and importance of those often frustrating last days of pregnancy:

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

LLL Evening Mtg. Trick or Treat


Join us at River Park Branch Library on Tuesday, October 10 at 7 p.m. to discuss your favorite breastfeeding tricks and treats.  What is some breastfeeding or parenting wisdom you would like to share with others?  What are some of your favorite "treats" or things you enjoy most about breastfeeding?  Bring along any other questions you have.  Expectant mothers and babies are welcome.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

LLL Mtg--Babywearing!

Hello Mamas!

What do you love about wearing your baby or toddler? What type of carrier have you always wanted to try? Is there a tricky back or side carry you need demonstrated? At the next La Leche League meeting some of the more experienced babywearers in our group will be ready to demonstrate and assist with hands-on practice. Bring your carriers and try ours! We'll have ring slings, pouches, knit & woven wraps, soft structured carriers, and more.

Of course we always have space for your breastfeeding questions, concerns, and successes.

See you Tuesday, September 26 @10:15am
Harris Branch Library
51446 Elm Road
Granger, IN 46530

An important rundown on safe babywearing

Here is an article about the drawbacks of over-using strollers and carseats:
and an article on the health and development differences between babywearing and carseat carrying:

Here are some fun photos of babywearing from around the world:

Who could resist a gallery of babywearing daddies?

And some perspective on the myriad benefits of babywearing:

And a clear, to the point breakdown of different carriers, including directions for making your own!


La Leche League of South Bend

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Friday, September 15, 2017

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

Did you know that the foremost expert of mother-baby cosleeping is right here at Notre Dame?
Information and resources from LLLI about the new book:
Here are some ideas for helping baby sleep:
And some reasons it's okay to "still" be nursing your older baby/toddler at night:
One mother's story about her co-sleeping journey:
and finally, here's some comedy from the Honest Toddler--the inner voice many of our babes share:

La Leche League of South Bend

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

47893_3843089322309_778839135_n.jpgJoin us Tuesday Evening at 7 pm, River Park Branch Library to share how your tips on Baby Wearing.  Bring your favorite baby carrier to demonstrate to others.  If you don't have one, no problem, we are happy to demonstrate for you. Expectant mothers and babies are all welcome.  Feel free to bring along any breastfeeding questions or concerns you may have.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

LLL Playgroup!

It's always a welcome breather to surround ourselves with other families with young children and babies after a holiday, don't you think? Conveniently, this month's LLL Playgroup falls the day after Labor Day! Parkovash is 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 its mama to benefit from a playgroup, (even the ones still in utero!) Robin and Emerson will be on hand to welcome you.(In case of rain or cold, we will move to the Main Library Children's Services!)See you on Tuesday, September 5, between 10am-noonParkovash Park277 Parkovash AvenueSouth Bend, Indiana 46617

Friday, August 18, 2017

LLL Mtg--Our Growing Nurslings

Hello Mamas!

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: 

And here's a blog about nursing aversion we can sometimes feel with our older nurslings, particularly when pregnant:

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:
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:

Thoughts about gentle weaning:

And here's a lovely blog about one mama's experience throughout ever-changing breastfeeding relationships: