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, 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/

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.