Friday, December 7, 2018

LLL Evening Mtg.

IMG_6551.JPGCome join us Tuesday, December 11, 7 pm at the Tutt Branch Library to discuss your birth experience and how you adjusted to life with a new baby.  Was your birth experience what you expected it to be?  How did it impact breastfeeding?  Were there any difficultires to overcome?  What was it like adding a new member to the family?  Come share your thoughts and any other questions you have.  Expectant mother and babiesa are welcome!



Monday, December 3, 2018

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!

Tuesday, December 4th between 10:15 and noon

**There will be no playgroup in January. The first Tuesday is January 1st.**

Saturday, November 24, 2018

LLL Meeting - Becoming a Mother / Early Days with Baby

Hello Mamas!

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!

We are looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday, November 27th at 10am.
Bittersweet Branch Library
602 N Bittersweet Rd,
Mishawaka, IN 46544

**Note: We will NOT be meeting on the 4th Tuesday of December**


Here are two  favorite blogs on the subject of motherhood--ones to go back to when we need support:

Here's an interesting new look at reframing and understanding postpartum depression:

Our identity shifts as we become mothers:

And some tips for well-meaning loved-ones about how to support you in those early weeks:

A fascinating look at the real changes our brains undergo when we become mothers:

And lovely reminders to cherish our changed bodies after childbirth:


Saturday, November 17, 2018

LLL Meeting - Traveling & Family Relations

Hello Everyone!

At our next meeting we'll share our ideas about dealing with the holidays as parents of littles. Do you have tips for fielding family questions/opinions about parenting and breastfeeding choices? Traveling with babies and children? Keeping ourselves and our kids healthy in the midst of cookies and germs?  Trying to maintain some semblance of routine amongst the craziness?

Of course we will always have time for concerns you might have and insights you'd like to share, along with general chatting, support, and  library perusal.

We're looking forward to seeing you Tuesday, November 20 at 10am
Sunnyside Presbyterian Church
115 S. Frances St.
South Bend, IN 46617

Some nice go-tos for handling unwanted advice: 
http://elizabethpantley.com/handling-unwanted-advice/

Traveling tricks & tips from other LLL mamas:
https://www.llli.org/breastfeeding-info/travel/

In case you find yourself fielding questions about benefits of continued breastfeeding:
http://kellymom.com/ages/older-infant/ebf-benefits/

Friday, November 9, 2018

LLL Evening Mtg. Making it Work During the Holidays

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Join us Tuesday, November 13 at the Tutt Branch Library, 7 p.m., to discuss "Making it Work". What are some challenges you are facing and how have you overcome them? Going back to work outside the home? Trying to figure out how to travel with little ones during the holidays? Dreading having to explain your parenting choices to well-meaning relatives? Just trying  to make it through the day?  Come share and seek wisdom from other parents.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

LLL Playgroup!



Hello Friends!

It's time again for the monthly LLL playgroup! Starting this month 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!

Tuesday, November 6th between 10:15 and noon

Friday, October 19, 2018

LLL Mtg--Starting Solids and Family Nutrition

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? Tuesday's 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.

We're looking forward to seeing you at 10:00 am, Tuesday October 23rd
Bittersweet Branch Library
602 N Bittersweet Rd,
Mishawaka, IN 46544

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.":
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/25/health/many-babies-fed-solid-food-too-soon-cdc-finds.html?_r=1&
http://themilkmeg.com/baby-ready-solids-introduce/
http://www.askdrsears.com/topics/feeding-eating/feeding-infants-toddlers/starting-solids/introducing-solid-foods
http://breastfeedingtoday-llli.org/starting-solids-when/



A study on why water should not be given to small babies:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2008/05/21/us-water-babies-idUSCOL16728820080521?irpc=932


And another on how longer breastfeeding results in increased fruit and vegetable eating by little ones!
http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/breastfeeding_associated_with_early_childhood_fruit_and_vegetable_intake


On Baby-Led Solids (often called Baby-Led Weaning):
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/02/08/146583049/skip-the-spoon-babies-may-eat-better-when-they-feed-themselves
http://www.babyledweaning.com/



On healthy food choices for babies and children:
https://breastfeedingusa.org/content/article/good-foods-babies
http://wholesomebabyfood.momtastic.com/forbiddenbabyfood.htm#.UKg9XBzRzkU
http://www.foodmatters.tv/articles-1/which-food-additives-make-children-behave-badly


On food preferences and growing-up babies, toddlers, and young children:
http://themilkmeg.com/my-kid-wont-eat/
http://kellymom.com/nutrition/starting-solids/toddler-foods/


On how mother's diet may affect baby:
https://dianaibclc.com/2012/01/08/so-what-can-i-eat/
http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/03/28/how-breast-feeding-can-broaden-a-childs-diet/?_r=0
http://scienceofmom.com/2012/07/03/tummy-troubles-colic-and-mamas-diet/
http://kellymom.com/nutrition/mothers-diet/mom-calories-fluids/