Friday, August 18, 2017

LLL Mtg--Our Growing Nurslings

Hello Mamas!

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!

See you Tuesday, August 22 @10:15am
Harris Branch Library
51446 Elm Road 
Granger, IN 46530

Here's some valuable information about breastfeeding past infancy: 

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

Friday, August 11, 2017

LLL meeting - starting solids

Are you thinking about starting solids? Wondering about how best to care for your own nutritional needs as a nursing mother? Dealing with a picky toddler or preschooler? Next week's morning meeting will be all about introducing first foods and encouraging nutritious eating as our children grow. Come with questions or experiences to share. We are thrilled to be able to show a short video on the subject that we made in collaboration with a video production class at Saint Mary's College--you'll see some familiar faces!!

As always, we will have time for any breastfeeding questions, concerns, and successes you'd like to share.

Looking forward to seeing you at around 10am on Tuesday, August 15

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

Some links about solids:

Why it's best to wait until at least the middle of the first year to begin introducing solids, as seen in the LLL philosophy statement: "For the healthy, full-term baby, breast milk is the only food necessary until the baby shows signs of needing solids, about the middle of the first year after birth.":

A new study on why water should not be given to small babies:

And another on how longer breastfeeding results in increased fruit and vegetable eating by little ones!

On Baby-Led Solids (often called Baby-Led Weaning):

On healthy food choices for babies and children:

On food preferences and growing-up babies, toddlers, and young children:

La Leche League of South Bend 

Monday, August 7, 2017

LLL Evening Meeting

Come and discuss "Working and Breastfeeding" tomorrow at the River Park Branch library at 7 pm. Experienced mothers, come and share how you manage to find time to pump at work, how to negotiate this with employers, how to be packed and ready to get out the door in the morning and any other tips you can share.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

LLL Playgroup!

We are looking forward to our monthly playgroup coming up next week at Parkovash Park--a quiet little spot 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!)
We are grateful to Robin and baby Emerson for taking on the role of Playgroup hosts--they will be on hand to welcome you!
(In case of rain or cold, we will again move to the Main Library Children's Services!)

See you on Tuesday, August 1, between 10am-noon
Parkovash Park
277 Parkovash Avenue
South Bend, Indiana 46617

Also, plan bringing the whole family to join us at Potawatomi Park on August 19 from 11-1 for lunch and a celebration of World Breastfeeding Week! Shanna Hendrickson Photography will be doing mini-sessions as a fundraiser for LLL SB--$10 for one image or $25 for 3!

Monday, July 24, 2017

LLL Mtg--The Importance of Breastfeeding

***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 breastfeeding questions 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:"

15 Cool Facts about breastfeeding:

An in-depth list of some lesser-known fabulous facts:

A lovely article about how breastfeeding even one child is a way to practice environmentalism and social consciousness:

How the benefits of breastfeeding are not restricted to infancy! Why nursing into toddlerhood can be amazing:

A linky resource with all the groups around the world (and their statements) about why breastfeeding is vitally important to the overall health of a population:

A quick list of 7 awesome advantages nursing mommas experience:

Friday, July 14, 2017

LLL Mtg-Making It Work

Hello Friends!
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!***

Sunday, July 9, 2017

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!