We are La Leche League of South Bend and we have three informal meetings a month and one playgroup gathering.

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, July 18, 2014

LLL mtg-Taking Care of Ourselves!

 At our next meeting we're going to explore our feelings about the intense transition to becoming a Mother. This new role can surprise us, rock us to our cores, and bore us silly, all in the space of an hour. How do we reconcile the popular image of the SuperMom with our own daily realities? And how about caring for ourselves in ways that don't disregard the needs of our babies and toddlers? What are some successes you've found for safe ways to exercise, eat well, sleep enough, and bring baby along for the ride? Come ready to seek comfort in those who understand, and share ideas and strategies.

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

See you Tuesday, July 22 at10am
Women's Care Center
360 N. Notre Dame Ave.
South Bend, Indiana 46617

**Don't forget about the St. Joseph County Breastfeeding Coalition World Breastfeeding Week Picnic**

Friday, July 11, 2014

LLL mtg-Making it Work!

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, July 15 at 10am
Sunnyside Presbyterian Church
115 S. Frances St.
South Bend, IN 46617

Monday, July 7, 2014

LLL mtg-Starting Solids and Family Nutrition

"Starting Solids and Family Nutrition" will be the topic four our meeting Tuesday, July 8 at 7 pm, River Park Branch Library. 

What are some good starting foods to give a baby?  
How can you tell when you baby is ready for solids?  
What are some handy snacks to give a toddler?  
What are you favorite, simple, nutritious family meals?  

Bring baby along and join in the discussion.  We are also here to support you with any breastfeeding related questions or problems.

Friday, June 27, 2014

LLL Picnic and Playgroup!

Tomorrow is the day of the LLL of South Bend Family Picnic! Pack a picnic lunch and join us at Potawatomi Park between 10-1 to visit and play with other LLL families! We are also doing a photo fundraiser for our local group--see the attached notice! The FB invitation is here--feel free to invite friends, and you are certainly welcome to come even if you don't RSVP! https://www.facebook.com/events/265456876992513/?ref=22

And on Tuesday we'll be at Parkovash Park for our monthly playgroup, where there is room for mamas to walk around with their wee ones snuggled in slings, toddlers to run, climb, and swing, and nice shady spots for babies and mamas 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 inutero!) 
Our new playgroup hosts, Sarah and her little one Alice, will be there to greet friends, old and new!

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

Friday, June 20, 2014

LLL Meeting-Babywearing!

What do you love about wearing your baby or toddler? What has been challenging your babywearing plans? How has babywearing helped with breastfeeding and general bonding? What type of carrier have you always wanted to try? Is there a tricky back or side carry you need demonstrated?
At the next La Leche League meeting some experienced babywearers in our group will be ready to demonstrate and assist with hands-on practice. Bring your carriers and try ours! We'll have ring slings, pouches, knit & woven wraps, soft structured carriers, and more.

Of course we always have space for your breastfeeding questions, concerns, and successes.

See you on 10am Tuesday, June 24
Women's Care Center
360 N. Notre Dame Ave.
South Bend, Indiana 46617

And don't forget about our LLL Family Picnic coming up on Saturday, June 28!

Friday, June 13, 2014

La Leche League Meeting-Our Growing Nurslings

Although each nursing couple is unique, one thing we know for certain is that all breastfeeding relationships change and progress as time goes on. 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!

These can be great opportunities to work on setting limits using gentle discipline. Respectful and gradual weaning is something we often think about at this stage, as well as dealing with questions of whether to continue nursing in public, and fielding questions and criticism from others.

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

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

Also, plan to join us with the whole family at Potawatomi Park on Saturday, June 28 for a LLL of South Bend picnic! Enjoy visiting with other local families, and if you wish, support our group through a photo fundraiser!