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.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Dads and Other Breastfeeding Partners!

Mamas and babies can't breastfeed alone! We need a support network of those closest to us to help us make sure we are cared for as we care for our babies. Dads and other Partners can protect us from criticism, keep us fed, help us get help if and when we need it, and be our biggest cheerleaders during tough times. At our next meeting we'll share experiences and wishes for how we can create the most breastfeeding-friendly team between ourselves, our babies, and the other adults in our lives. 

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

See you on Tuesday, March 24 at 10am
Harris Branch Library
51446 Elm Road
Granger, IN 46530

Here are some great ideas from a supportive dad about how to bond with baby without a bottle: https://www.bellybelly.com.au/men/8-ways-new-dads-can-bond-without-a-bottle/

And here's an honest story about a dad "Growing into Fatherhood": http://www.llli.org/nb/nbnovdec03p223.html

Here's a perspective from a single mother, and ideas to make it work: http://www.lalecheleague.org/nb/nbiss56-09p19.html

And an article about the men of the Aka tribe in central Africa who take equal share in caring for babies, even comfort nursing them at their own nipples: http://m.guardiannews.com/society/2005/jun/15/childrensservices.familyandrelationships

Friday, March 13, 2015

LLL mtg-Becoming a Mother/Adjusting to Life with Baby

At the next morning meeting we're going to explore our feelings about the transition to becoming a Mother, and managing those early days and months with baby. This new role can surprise us, rock us to our cores, and bore us silly, all in the space of an hour. It's intense, learning your baby's signals, needs, and routines, not to mention trying to maintain relationships and at least some basic hygiene ;)

How have you found this transition? What has helped you through it? Join us on Tuesday to share these thoughts and others.

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

See you Tuesday, March 17 @10am
Sunnyside Presbyterian Church
115 S. Frances St.
South Bend, IN 46617

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Making it Work, Evening Meeting

At River Park Branch Library, Tuesday March 10, 7 pm
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 fit breastfeeding and/or pumping into your new lifestyle? (Or how do you adapt your lifestyle to breastfeeding?!) How do you fill those long hours with baby? How do you divvy up household chores? 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.

Friday, February 27, 2015

LLL "Milky Way" Screening/Playgroup!

We are so excited to invite you to a screening of "The Milky Way" at our March playgroup! You can see the trailer and read about it here: http://milkywayfoundation.org 
We are planning an informal gathering that includes nursing babies, running toddlers, and chatting mothers--in other words, everyone is welcome!
We're grateful to the St. Joseph County Breastfeeding Coalition for sharing the film with us.

Please bring your children, invite your friends, and join us for a snack and movie on:
Tuesday, March 3, 10:30am
304 South Main Street 
South Bend, Indiana 46601 
Humphrey's Multimedia Room: http://www.sjcpl.org/meetingrooms/

Friday, February 13, 2015

LLL mtg-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!
-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, February 17 @10am
Sunnyside Presbyterian Church
115 S. Frances St.
South Bend, IN 46617

Sunday, February 8, 2015

LLL evening mtg. Fussy Babies

Tuesday Feb. 10, 7 pm, River Park Branch Library

Whether or not you've ever felt like your baby might be colicky, fussy, or high needs, many breastfeeding mothers are surprised by how "needy" our babies are...until we compare notes with other families! At next week's meeting we'll talk about how our babies might not match our (or society's) expectations. We'll discuss what kind of myths and misconceptions are floating around about babies and breastfeeding, and how to remain confident in our parenting choices. We'll also share techniques we've found to help our babies and ourselves move through fussy times.

There will also be time to share breastfeeding questions, concerns, and successes!

Friday, January 30, 2015

LLL Playgroup!

Believe it or not, February begins this weekend, so our monthly playgroup is coming up next week! Please join us on Tuesday at the Main Library in downtown South Bend--we have reserved the Humphrey's room in the basement where there is plenty of room for crawlers to crawl, big kids to play, and mamas and babies to cuddle, nurse, and chat. The lovely and friendly Dawn (mama to Eliana) has agreed to act as host so that you'll know you're in the right spot!
Feel free to bring toys to share or pop upstairs to borrow books and toys. And those of you with tiny babes or babes still in utero, please know that this playgroup is for you too! Support from other mothers is what we're all about:)

Tuesday, February 3 between 10:15 and noon
304 South Main Street 
South Bend, Indiana 46601 
Humphrey's Multimedia Room: http://www.sjcpl.org/meetingrooms/