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

Friday, August 24, 2018

LLL Meeting - Growing Nurslings

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!

We're looking forward to seeing you at 10:00 am, Tuesday August 28th
Bittersweet Branch Library
602 N Bittersweet Rd,
Mishawaka, IN 46544

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 17, 2018

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? Tuesday'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 21st
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:

On how mother's diet may affect baby:

Sunday, August 12, 2018


Join us Tuesday, August 14 at 7 pm, Tutt Branch library to talk about making it all work. Perhaps you are about to return to work outside the home and need some tips on how to make the transition. Perhaps you are already at work and can share your tips and tricks of how to fit everything into the day. If you are a stay at home mom, how to you make it work?  How do you keep from feeling isolated at home? Come and share your questions and expertise.  Also don't forget about the Live, Love, Latch Picnic on Saturday, August 18 from 11-1, with our photo fundraiser at the picnic.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Photo Fundraiser at Live, Love, Latch Picnic

Come to the Live, Love, Latch picnic at Potowatami Park, Pavilion 1, on Saturday, August 18 from 11am-1 pm.  Shanna Hendrickson will be there to take professional photos of your family, great for holiday cards!  One professional photo for $10, three photos for $25.  Shanna donates all proceeds to our group.  This enables us to keep our group active in the area and allows us to pay our area dues each year.