Wednesday, April 18, 2018

LLL Meeting: 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 April 24th
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.":


A 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, April 15, 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.

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

An important rundown on safe babywearing: http://www.schoolofbabywearing.com/Images/TICKS.pdf

Here is an article about the drawbacks of over-using strollers and carseats:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/mother-tongue/10693168/Leaving-infants-in-buggies-may-cause-long-term-harm.html

and an article on the health and development differences between babywearing and carseat carrying: http://onyababy.com/blog/2012/06/benefits-of-babywearing-vs-carseat-carrying/

5 Reasons to Wear Your Baby:
http://evolutionaryparenting.com/five-reasons-to-wear-your-baby/

And some perspective on the myriad benefits of babywearing:
http://evolutionaryparenting.com/the-benefits-of-baby-wearing/

And a clear, to the point breakdown of different carriers, including directions for making your own!
https://breastfeedingusa.org/content/article/wearing-your-baby

Saturday, April 7, 2018

LLL Evening Mtg. Nursing Your Older Baby

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Babies grow and our nursing relationship changes with them.  What are some of the joys and challenges you have experienced when nursing and older baby?  Come share your thoughts and questions, Tuesday at 7 pm. at the Tutt Branch library, corner of Ewing and Miami.  Expectant women and babies are welcome.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Playgroup!

Hello Friends!

It's time again for the monthly LLL playgroup!

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, April 3rd between 10:15 and noon

St Joseph County Public Library -  Main Branch

Sunday, March 18, 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!

See you Tuesday, March 20 @10am
Sunnyside Presbyterian Church


Here's some valuable information about breastfeeding past infancy: 
and

And here's a blog about nursing aversion we can sometimes feel with our older nurslings, particularly when pregnant: http://www.katesurfs.com/2013/10/27/when-nursing-your-child-gives-you-the-heebie-jeebies-and-a-tandem-breastfeeding-anniversary/

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: http://naturalparentsnetwork.com/breastfeeding-toddler-playtime/
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: http://www.thebadassbreastfeeder.com/im-going-to-miss-you/

Thoughts about gentle weaning:
and

And here's a lovely blog about one mama's experience throughout ever-changing breastfeeding relationships: http://blog.nurturedchild.ca/index.php/2010/11/13/what-my-children-learned-at-my-breast/

Saturday, March 10, 2018

LLL Evening Mtg. - Making it Work!

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Join us Tuesday, March 13 at the Tutt Branch at 7 pm. Whether you are a stay at home parent or back at work, we'll share ideas of how we have done this and issues we haven't yet solved. How do you fill those long hours with baby? How do you divvy up household chores? How do you fit breastfeeding and/or pumping into your new lifestyle? (Or how do you adapt your lifestyle to breastfeeding?!) Child care? How do you make sure you get the help you need? Expectant women, babies all welcome.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

LLL Playgroup

Hello Friends!
It's time again for the monthly LLL playgroup! 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!