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

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.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

LLL meeting-Making It Work

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.

See you on:
Tuesday, April 22 at 10am
Women's Care Center
360 N. Notre Dame Ave. (where it intersects with La Salle Ave.)
South Bend, Indiana 46617

Friday, April 11, 2014

LLL Meeting: Fussy Babies/Myths & Misconceptions

Have you ever felt like your baby might be colicky? fussy? high needs? Or do you dread the question from well-meaning grannies at the post office: 'Is s/he a Good Baby?' Many breastfeeding mothers are surprised by how "needy" our babies are...until we compare note 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 some of the tougher times.

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

See you at 10am Tuesday, April 15
Sunnyside Presbyterian Church
115 S. Frances St.
South Bend, IN 46617

Monday, April 7, 2014

Nursing the Older Baby

Please join us in a discussion Tuesday, April 8 at 7 pm, River Park Branch library in South Bend.  How has your nursing relationship changed with your baby now that they are older?  Is your baby distracted when nursing, waking more at night? If you are back at work, are you trying to figure out how to keep up with supply or when to start cutting back on pumping?  Come join the discussion and of course bring your baby and any other questions or concerns you have.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

University of Notre Dame Family Interactions Study

Dear La Leche League mothers and fathers: 

As you know for many years I have been studying mother-infant nighttime care practices and documenting the scientific benefits of breastfeeding and sleeping close to baby! Indeed, many of my La Leche League friends through the years have generously shared they time by staying over night in my sleep lab here on campus, to help me achieve my goals of validating mother infant cosleeping, and father -infant cosleeping. One of my long-time collaborators and co-authors (and the former director of my sleep lab!), Dr. Lee Gettler is conducting a new study here at Notre Dame, and I wonder if I could ask some of our new mothers and fathers if they might consider participating in this novel and very exciting research project that helps to break new ground, especially when it comes to dads' biology and its relationship to moms'!

Along with colleagues in Psychology, Dr. Gettler's new study looks at family systems, like how mothers and dads and their babies interrelate behaviorally within each other. Dr. Gettler is the world's leading scholar on fathers' biology and he is now trying to understand how parents and their babies potentially affect each other's hormonal physiology through their interactions and day-to-day relationships. 

This new research is a very important study and it potentially can provide for the first time a glimpse into the ways social, emotional including hormonal factors all mutually influence each other to make families stronger.

If you think you might be able to participate could you please contact Dr. Gettler's study coordinator Mrs. Mairin Amato (Wilkie), LSW, at 574.631.8987 or mamato@nd.edu

Yours Sincerely,

James J. McKenna, Ph.D
Edmund P.Joyce C.S.C. Chaired Professor in Anthropology
Director, Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Department of Anthropology
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, Indiana 46556
574 631 3816

Friday, March 28, 2014

La Leche League Playgroup!

April 1 is next Tuesday--no fooling! And so our monthly playgroup will be 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 our host Olivia and other LLL mamas and babes will be gathering. 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, April 1 between 10:15 and noon
304 South Main Street 
South Bend, Indiana 46601 
Humphreys Multimedia Room: http://www.sjcpl.org/meetingrooms/

Saturday, March 22, 2014

LLL Meeting-Dads & 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 26 at 10am
Women's Care Center
360 N. Notre Dame Ave. (where it intersects with La Salle Ave.)
South Bend, Indiana 46617

Friday, March 14, 2014

Babywearing Meeting!

 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 on 10am Tuesday, March 18

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