We are La Leche League of South Bend and we have three informal meetings a month and one playgroup.


We are a community of mothers helping mothers as we explore all topics related to breastfeeding; the good, the bad and the ugly! So whether you are pregnant and looking for information, a new mother struggling to learn the art of breastfeeding or an experienced mother seeking support and camaraderie, we are here to help give information and support.


The meetings are free and open to all women and their young children.



Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Milky Way - Jan. 30, 7 pm

                   
                      St Joseph County Breastfeeding Coalition presents:

The Milky Way: Every Mother Has a Story

Friday, January 30

7:00-10:00 pm

Brainworks @ the Corner of Navarre and Michigan St

                     Free will offerings accepted
                          Dessert will be served
                          Babes in arms welcome

The Milky Way, a feature-length documentary about breastfeeding in the USA, shows how women can reclaim their birthright and restore the nursing mother archetype. A film by, for, and about women, it is about the knowledge that inherently resides in every woman and how to trust that knowledge.













Friday, January 16, 2015

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 have several books in the LLL library you may want to check out, including the brand new LLL book written by the women who brought you the most recent edition of "The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding": "Sweet Sleep:Nighttime and Naptime Strategies for Breastfeeding Families". We're really excited about this book--it is so helpful and truthful in a way that no other sleep book has been brave enough to be before. We also have other favorites: Dr. Sears's "Nighttime Parenting: How to Get Your Baby and Child to Sleep" and Dr. McKenna's "Sleeping with Your Baby: A Parent's Guide to Cosleeping, Whether you do it occasionally or every night, do it safely."

We're looking forward to hearing your sleep successes and challenges, as well as your breastfeeding questions, concerns, and successes.

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

Here is information and resources from LLLI about the new book: http://www.llli.org/sweetsleepbook

Sunday, January 11, 2015

LLL Evening Mtg, Starting Solids/Family Nutrition, Tuesday, January 13, 7 pm, River Park Branch library

Are you thinking about starting solids? Wondering about how best to care for your own nutritional needs as a nursing mother? Hoping to improve your own diet after all those holiday goodies? Dealing with a picky toddler or preschooler? This month's meeting will be all about introducing first foods and encouraging nutritious eating as our children grow. Come with questions or experiences to share. Join us at River Park Branch Library at 7 pm. Tuesday Evening Jan 13.

As always we will answer any breastfeeding questions or concerns you have including how to return to work and maintain breastfeeding.
 
Weather policy for the evening group - if the St Joseph County Library system is closed due to inclement weather, we will not meet.  If the library is open, we will have a meeting.

Friday, January 2, 2015

LLL Playgroup!

Have you been up to your ears in family and holidays? Fortunately Tuesdays are great opportunities to get out and socialize with other mamas! Our monthly playgroup is next week at 10:15 at the downtown library. It opens at 10 if you'd like to to pop upstairs to borrow books and toys before heading down to the Humphrey's Room where LLL mamas and babes will be gathering. Our usual hosts, Sarah and Alice won't be able to make it this month, but Caroline and Amelia have graciously offered to fill in to welcome you! 

Those of you with tiny babies or those still in utero, please know that this playgroup is for you too! Support from other mothers is what we're all about:)

Tuesday, January 6 between 10:15 and noon
304 South Main Street 
South Bend, Indiana 46601 
Humphreys Multimedia Room: http://www.sjcpl.org/meetingrooms/

Saturday, December 20, 2014

At next week's meeting, Tama's big kids are continuing their adorable holiday tradition of throwing a party for LLL mamas, babies, and children. They will have toddler-friendly games, snacks and art projects--there will even be a project for the tiniest babies among us.

Partners, siblings, friends and relatives are also welcome! This is also a nice chance for former LLL families to reconnect with the group!

If you find yourself needing breastfeeding support, there will be Leaders and other mothers aplenty to lend an ear.


Come celebrate with us between 10-noon, Tuesday, December 23
Harris Branch Library

We will also have our ***NEW*** car decals available for a $5 donation. OR, you can get one free if you become a member of our South Bend LLL group!


Friday, December 12, 2014

LLL mtg-Birth Experiences

At next week's morning meeting we are going to talk about Birth. How did your birth experience(s) affect 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!

***And Save the Date! December 23rd's meeting at Harris Branch Library will be our annual holiday party--come one come all!!!***

We're looking forward to seeing you at 10am Tuesday, December 16
Sunnyside Presbyterian Church
115 S. Frances St.
South Bend, IN 46617

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Birth and the Early Days - Evening Meeting, Tuesday Dec. 9, 7 pm

Evening Meeting, Tuesday Dec. 9, 7 pm. River Park Branch Library, South Bend

This week we are going to talk about birth and early days with baby. How did your birth experience(s) affect breastfeeding? What would you change if you could? What would you recommend to other mothers?
And what about the early days after your baby was born--what surprised you? What do wish you would have known? How can we advocate for the best kind of support for our new families?

Bring ideas of local resources, supportive ears, and open minds as we come together to share our perspectives on these powerful topics.
As always, we will have room for your breastfeeding questions, concerns, and successes!