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.
We have three informal meetings a month and one playgroup, all are free and open to all women and their young children.
***Location Change! Due to an activity at Harris Branch, next Tuesday'smeeting will be at the BITTERSWEET BRANCH (602 N Bittersweet Rd, Mishawaka, IN 46544)***
At this month's meeting we will be talking about the myriad reasons we choose to breastfeed, why we love it, why we push through the times we don't love it, and the constantly growing list of amazing things breastmilk and breastfeeding do for us physically, emotionally, and in other ways!
What are some of your favorite facts about the power of our milk and the breastfeeding bond? What inspired you to breastfeed your child/ren? What struggles have you worked through?
The cultural conversation has often centered around the "breast is best" adage, but that implies that breastfeedingis a bonus instead of simply the baseline. Since breastfeeding is the biological norm, let's change the conversation and talk about why we are glad to have (and give) the support we need to in order to make nursing possible!
As always, there will be time for any general breastfeedingquestions and troubleshooting, as well as time to share our successes and joys!
Please join us this Tuesday, July 25 at 10:15am
Bittersweet Branch Library
602 N Bittersweet Rd,
Mishawaka, IN 46544
Join Us for a Family Picnic Celebrating World Breastfeeding Week! Saturday, August 19th 11am to 1pm Potawatomi Park - Pavilion #1 500 S. Greenlawn Ave, South Bend, IN 46615 Please park on Greenlawn Ave.
A sciency approach to the problem of whether "breast is best" or "breast is normal:"
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.
See you on:
Tuesday, July 18 at 10am
Sunnyside Presbyterian Church
115 S. Frances St.
South Bend, IN 46617
***Save the Date! August 19, 11-1 World Breastfeeding Week/ Live, Love.Latch Celebration at Potawatomi Park! Lunch, games, free Babywearing Dance Class, and Shanna will be back with a Photo Fundraiser!!!! More details to come!***
Join us Tuesday, July 11 at 7 pm at the River Park Branch Library to discuss weaning and starting solids. How do you tell if your baby is ready for solids, how do you deal with toddler nursing, do you have any good family nutrition ideas to share? Bring baby and your questions or suggestions. Expectant women welcome!
Yes, it'll be the 4th, but if you are free in the morning, come on over to enjoy support and camaraderie from others who are enduring daily fireworks with their babies!
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 a mama to benefit from a playgroup! (Even the ones still in utero!) Jessica and Juniper will be on hand to welcome you. (In case of rain or cold, we will move to the Main Library Children's Services!)
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. There are many challenges that can go along with nighttime nursing issues, so bring all of your questions and ideas!
We're looking forward to sharing in your sleep triumphs and challenges, as well as your breastfeeding questions, concerns, and successes.
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 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 some of the tougher times.
There will also be time to share breastfeeding questions, concerns, and successes!
See you at 10am Tuesday, June 20
Sunnyside Presbyterian Church
115 S. Francis St. South Bend, IN
The always straight-to-the-point Milk Meg takes on a myriad of ways breastfeeding is used as a scapegoat: