Thursday, October 11, 2018

LLL Morning Meeting: Birth!

At our next morning meeting we will share our ideas and experiences around Birth. How did your birth experience(s) impact breastfeeding? What would you change if you could? What would you recommend to other mothers? Bring ideas of local resources, supportive ears, and open minds as we come together to share our perspectives on this powerful topic.

As always, we will have room for your breastfeeding questions, concerns, and successes!

We're looking forward to seeing you at 10:00 am, Tuesday October 16th
Sunnyside Presbyterian Church
115 S. Frances St.
South Bend, IN 46617

Birth directly affects breastfeeding--here are some thoughts on the process: http://talkbirth.me/2010/05/28/the-birth-breastfeeding-continuum/

Sometimes our birth experiences don't lend themselves to an easy transition to breastfeeding. Here are some ideas for breastfeeding after a c-section: https://supportingbreastfeeding.wordpress.com/2016/09/05/breastfeeding-success-after-cesarean-section/
Often women feel a sense of loss or trauma after a birth--here is an article talking about making peace with our birthexperiences: http://www.llli.org/nb/nbiss56-09p50.html

And here are some tips about preparing for birth: 
including looking at hiring a doula:

An essay about the transition and importance of those often frustrating last days of pregnancy:

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Saturday, October 6, 2018

LLL Evening Mtg, Tricks and Treats

IMG_0943.JPG Join us Tuesday, October 9 at 7 pm at the Tutt Branch library to discuss your favorite breastfeeding tricks and treats.  What breastfeeding or parenting wisdom would you like to share with others? What are some of your favorite "treats" or things you enjoy most about brestfeeding? Bring along any ther questions you have. Expectant mother and babies are welcome. 

Monday, October 1, 2018

LLL Playgroup Tomorrow!

Good Evening! 
We are looking forward to our monthly playgroup coming up tomorrow at Parkovash Park - a quiet little park 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!)

Robin will be waiting to welcome you.

This will be our last outdoor playgroup of the year. Next month we will move inside to the library, so come enjoy some October sunshine!

See you on Tuesday, October 2, between 10am-noon
Parkovash Park
277 Parkovash Avenue
South Bend, Indiana 46617

Saturday, September 22, 2018

LLL Meeting: Babywearing

Hello Mamas!
What do you love about wearing your baby or toddler? 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 of the more 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.

We're looking forward to seeing you at 10:00 am, Tuesday September 25th
Bittersweet Branch Library
602 N Bittersweet Rd,
Mishawaka, IN 46544

An important rundown on safe babywearing: 

Here is an article about the drawbacks of over-using strollers and carseats:
and an article on the health and development differences between babywearing and carseat carrying: 

5 Reasons to Wear Your Baby:

And some perspective on the myriad benefits of babywearing:

And a clear, to the point breakdown of different carriers, including directions for making your own!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

LLL Meeting - Sleep & Other Challenges

Hello Wonderful Mamas!

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're also looking forward to hearing your breastfeeding questions, concerns, and successes.

10am Tuesday, September 18
Sunnyside Presbyterian Church

Did you know that the foremost expert of mother-baby cosleeping is right here at Notre Dame?



Information and resources from LLLI about the new book: 

Here are some ideas for helping baby sleep:


And some reasons it's okay to "still" be nursing your older baby/toddler at night:


One mother's story about her co-sleeping journey:


and finally, here's some comedy from the Honest Toddler--the inner voice many of our babes share:


Monday, September 10, 2018

LLL Evening Mtg. Babywearing

Join us Tuesday, September 11 at 7 p.m. at the Tutt Brach Library. Please bring your favorite baby carrier to demonstrate to other mothers. Or if you have a carrier and don't know how to use it, someone can help. Feel free to also ask any breastfeeding related questions. Babies and expectant mothers welcome.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

LLL Playgroup!


Good Morning! 
We are looking forward to our monthly playgroup coming up next week at Parkovash Park - a quiet little park 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!)

Robin will be waiting to welcome you.

(In case of rain or cold, we will move to the Main Library Children's Services!)

See you on Tuesday, September 4, between 10am-noon
Parkovash Park
277 Parkovash Avenue
South Bend, Indiana 46617
http://sbpark.org/parks/parkovash-park/