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.

Friday, August 28, 2015

LLL Playgroup/Photo Call!

We are thrilled to be working with a class at Saint Mary's College to put together our own video on Starting Solids for use at our meetings. We will be filming later this fall, and would love to include some of your still photos as well! If you have photos of your little ones enjoying food in the second half of their first year, particularly if they are feeding themselves, we would love to use them in the video! Please send them to this email address, along with a filled out copy of the Media Release, attached.

Also! Next Tuesday is September 1, which means it's Playgroup time again! We'll be at the park on Tuesday, 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. Dawn and little Elli will be there to greet you and let you know you're in the right place. Come on out and join us--no baby is too young for a mama to benefit from a playgroup! (Even the ones still inutero!) 

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

Friday, August 14, 2015

LLL mtg-Sleep & Other Challenges!

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 have several books in the LLL library you may want to check out, including the brand new LLL book written by the women who brought you the most recent edition of "The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding": "Sweet Sleep:Nighttime and Naptime Strategies for Breastfeeding Families". We're really excited about this book--it is so helpful and truthful in a way that no other sleep book has been brave enough to be before. We also have other favorites: Dr. Sears's "Nighttime Parenting: How to Get Your Baby and Child to Sleep" and Dr. McKenna's "Sleeping with Your Baby: A Parent's Guide to Cosleeping, Whether you do it occasionally or every night, do it safely."

We're looking forward to sharing in your sleep triumphs and challenges, as well as your breastfeeding questions, concerns, and successes.
10am Tuesday, August 18
Sunnyside Presbyterian Church
115 S. Frances St.
South Bend, IN 46617

****Don't forget! Our National Breastfeeding Month picnic is coming up on August 22!!! We hope you'll join us in the park, and support us in our fundraiser!****

Sunday, August 9, 2015

LLL Evening Mtg. Tuesday 8/11/15

The Theme for this year's World Breastfeeding Week is "Breastfeeding and Work: Let's Make it Work" and that is exactly what we will talk about Tuesday August 11 at 7 pm, River Park Branch library.  Expectant and nursing mothers and babies are all welcome.  If you have experience with working and breastfeeding, come share tips of what makes it successful for you.  If you are newly returning to work, come hear what our experienced mothers have to share.

Friday, July 31, 2015

LLL Playgroup & Picnic Details!

Next Tuesday is our monthly playgroup!!! We look forward to seeing you and your wee one(s) at the park.
Also, Saturday, August 22 is our National Breastfeeding Month picnic! We are so excited to eat and play with you! Shanna will again be donating her time to take gorgeous breastfeeding photos and Claire will be offering a free Babywearing Dance class! All the details are in the attached fliers. Spread the word!

See you on 
Tuesday, August 4 at 10am
Parkovash Park
277 Parkovash Avenue
South Bend, Indiana 46617

(In case of rainy weather, we'll relocate to the  the Main Library, Children's Services. http://www.sjcpl.org/kids/--I'll send an email that morning!)

Saturday, July 18, 2015

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

***Save the Date! August 22, 11-1 World Breastfeeding Week/ Live, Love.Latch Celebration at Potawatomi Park! Lunch, games, free Babywearing Dance Class, and Shanna will be back with a Photo Fundraiser!!!! More details to come!***

Sunday, July 12, 2015

LLL evening mtg

photo.jpgCome join us to discuss starting solids, toddler nursing and family nutrition. Share your ideas and concerns.  We are meeting at River Park Branch library at 7 pm, Tuesday, July 14.  Pregnant and nursing mothers and babies are welcome.