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.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

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 28 at 10:15am
Harris Branch Library
51446 Elm Road, Granger, IN 46530

***Please note the slight time change! The Harris Branch Library has changed its hours and now opens at 10am, so we will begin at 10:15!***


Here's a lovely blog about all the varied things we do as mothers, it makes me cry with recognition and appreciation to the mama who wrote it for us:

And a couple of helpful websites about working and breastfeeding:

Everyone's favorite Honest Toddler proves that they are truly learning a lot from our housekeeping abilities ;)

For those needing to provide bottles while away from baby, some information on Paced Bottle Feeding:
and on how much milk baby may take:

A fun and empowering look at why we should feel comfortable breastfeeding in public:


A donation will be made to our group when you shop on Amazon if you click here: 
Check out our wishlist to donate a book to our group libraries!

Friday, April 17, 2015

LLL mtg-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 21
Sunnyside Presbyterian Church
115 S. Frances St.
South Bend, IN 46617

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Nursing an Older Baby, Evening meeting, 4/14, Tutt Branch

The evening meeting location has changed this month to the Tutt Branch Library, corner of Miami and Ewing, 2223 Miami St. South Bend, IN, still at 7 pm on Tuesday 4/14/2015.  Come join the discussion on nursing an older baby.

 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.

Breastfeeding Event at the Main Library in South Bend

Here is an interesting sounding event in May at the South Bend Main Branch Library presented by BrainWorks!!

"Breastfeeding and Your Baby's Brain"

Wednesday, May 13
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

To be held at St. Joseph County Public Library 
Main Library - 3rd Floor Storytime Room
304 S. Main Street, South Bend, IN

There are numerous benefits to breastfeeding, but many people are not aware of the role that breast milk can play in enhancing brain development in infants. This session covers some basics about brain development as well as providing information on the specific advantages for both parents and infants that breastfeeding and breast milk offer. Babes in arms welcome! Presented by Dory Lawrence, MA, of BrainWorks, Beacon Health System. Register online at libraryforlife.org or call 282-4607. Free.

Friday, April 3, 2015

LLL Playgroup!

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. Dawn (mama to Eliana), our friendly playgroup as host will be there to welcome you 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, April 7 between 10:15 and noon
304 South Main Street 
South Bend, Indiana 46601 
Humphrey's Multimedia Room: http://www.sjcpl.org/meetingrooms/

Friday, March 20, 2015

Dads and 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 24 at 10am
Harris Branch Library
51446 Elm Road
Granger, IN 46530

Here are some great ideas from a supportive dad about how to bond with baby without a bottle: https://www.bellybelly.com.au/men/8-ways-new-dads-can-bond-without-a-bottle/

And here's an honest story about a dad "Growing into Fatherhood": http://www.llli.org/nb/nbnovdec03p223.html

Here's a perspective from a single mother, and ideas to make it work: http://www.lalecheleague.org/nb/nbiss56-09p19.html

And an article about the men of the Aka tribe in central Africa who take equal share in caring for babies, even comfort nursing them at their own nipples: http://m.guardiannews.com/society/2005/jun/15/childrensservices.familyandrelationships

Friday, March 13, 2015

LLL mtg-Becoming a Mother/Adjusting to Life with Baby

At the next morning meeting we're going to explore our feelings about the transition to becoming a Mother, and managing those early days and months with baby. This new role can surprise us, rock us to our cores, and bore us silly, all in the space of an hour. It's intense, learning your baby's signals, needs, and routines, not to mention trying to maintain relationships and at least some basic hygiene ;)

How have you found this transition? What has helped you through it? Join us on Tuesday to share these thoughts and others.

And we always make space for any other breastfeeding concerns or questions you may have!

See you Tuesday, March 17 @10am
Sunnyside Presbyterian Church
115 S. Frances St.
South Bend, IN 46617