Saturday, March 16, 2019

LLL Meeting- 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! 


-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!

We're looking forward to seeing you at 10:00 am, Tuesday March 19th
Sunnyside Presbyterian Church 


Here's some valuable information about breastfeeding past infancy: 
and

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

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

Thursday, March 7, 2019

LLL Evening Mtg. Making it Work!

IMG_0278.jpgJoin us Tuesday, March 12, 7 pm at the Tutt Branch Library, corner of Miami and Ewing. We will be discussing "Making it Work". Come help us discuss how to make the transition back to work or the transition of life at home with a new baby. Expectant mothers and babies welcome. Come with any breastfeeding questions you have!

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Hello Friends!

It's time again for the monthly LLL playgroup! We will meet indoors again.

On Tuesday we'll be in the Humphrey's room in the lower level of the Main Library in downtown South Bend, where there is plenty of room for crawlers to crawl, big kids to play, and mamas and babies to cuddle, nurse, and chat. 

Feel free to bring toys to share or pop upstairs to borrow books and toys for the morning! 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 :). 

Robin will be waiting to greet you so that you'll know you're in the right spot!

Sunday, February 24, 2019


Hello Friends! We are back at Bittersweet Library this month!

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.

Tuesday, February 26th at 10:00am

Bittersweet Branch Library
602 N Bittersweet Rd,
Mishawaka, IN 46544

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, February 10, 2019

LLL Evening Mtg. Fussy Babies

carseat blues 1st car seat ride.jpg  Join us Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 7 pm at the Tutt Branch Library to discuss fussy babies.  What tips do you have for calming babies?  How do you find ways to care for yourself when you are giving so much to your little one?  Come share your thoughts and ask any breastfeeding questions you have.  Expectant mothers and babies are welcome.





Saturday, February 2, 2019

Playgroup!

Hello Friends!

It's time again for the monthly LLL playgroup! We will meet indoors again.

On Tuesday we'll be in the Humphrey's room in the lower level of the Main Library in downtown South Bend, where there is plenty of room for crawlers to crawl, big kids to play, and mamas and babies to cuddle, nurse, and chat. 

Feel free to bring toys to share or pop upstairs to borrow books and toys for the morning! 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 :). 

We will be waiting to greet you so that you'll know you're in the right spot!

Tuesday, January 5th between 10:15 and noon

Saturday, January 19, 2019

LLL Meeting - Babywearing!

**Temporary location change**

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, January 22nd at 10:15am

Mishawaka Library - Eisen Room
209 Lincolnway EastMishawaka, IN  46544 
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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: 

5 Reasons to Wear Your Baby:

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!