Friday, September 15, 2017

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 20
Sunnyside Presbyterian Church
115 S. Frances St.
South Bend, IN 46617

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: http://www.llli.org/sweetsleepbook
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:

La Leche League of South Bend 
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Sunday, September 10, 2017

47893_3843089322309_778839135_n.jpgJoin us Tuesday Evening at 7 pm, River Park Branch Library to share how your tips on Baby Wearing.  Bring your favorite baby carrier to demonstrate to others.  If you don't have one, no problem, we are happy to demonstrate for you. Expectant mothers and babies are all welcome.  Feel free to bring along any breastfeeding questions or concerns you may have.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

LLL Playgroup!

It's always a welcome breather to surround ourselves with other families with young children and babies after a holiday, don't you think? Conveniently, this month's LLL Playgroup falls the day after Labor Day! Parkovash is 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 its mama to benefit from a playgroup, (even the ones still in utero!) Robin and Emerson will be on hand to welcome you.(In case of rain or cold, we will move to the Main Library Children's Services!)See you on Tuesday, September 5, between 10am-noonParkovash Park277 Parkovash AvenueSouth Bend, Indiana 46617http://sbpark.org/parks/parkovash-park/


Friday, August 18, 2017

LLL Mtg--Our Growing Nurslings

Hello Mamas!

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, August 22 @10:15am
Harris Branch Library
51446 Elm Road 
Granger, IN 46530



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/


Friday, August 11, 2017

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? Next week'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 15

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.": http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/25/health/many-babies-fed-solid-food-too-soon-cdc-finds.html?_r=1&
http://themilkmeg.com/baby-ready-solids-introduce/
http://www.askdrsears.com/topics/feeding-eating/feeding-infants-toddlers/starting-solids/introducing-solid-foods
http://breastfeedingtoday-llli.org/starting-solids-when/

A new study on why water should not be given to small babies:  http://www.reuters.com/article/2008/05/21/us-water-babies-idUSCOL16728820080521?irpc=932

And another on how longer breastfeeding results in increased fruit and vegetable eating by little ones!  http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/breastfeeding_associated_with_early_childhood_fruit_and_vegetable_intake

On Baby-Led Solids (often called Baby-Led Weaning):
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/02/08/146583049/skip-the-spoon-babies-may-eat-better-when-they-feed-themselves
http://www.babyledweaning.com/

On healthy food choices for babies and children:
https://breastfeedingusa.org/content/article/good-foods-babies
http://wholesomebabyfood.momtastic.com/forbiddenbabyfood.htm#.UKg9XBzRzkU
http://www.foodmatters.tv/articles-1/which-food-additives-make-children-behave-badly

On food preferences and growing-up babies, toddlers, and young children:
http://themilkmeg.com/my-kid-wont-eat/

http://kellymom.com/nutrition/starting-solids/toddler-foods/






La Leche League of South Bend 

Monday, August 7, 2017

LLL Evening Meeting

Come and discuss "Working and Breastfeeding" tomorrow at the River Park Branch library at 7 pm. Experienced mothers, come and share how you manage to find time to pump at work, how to negotiate this with employers, how to be packed and ready to get out the door in the morning and any other tips you can share.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

LLL Playgroup!

We are looking forward to our monthly playgroup coming up next week at Parkovash Park--a quiet little spot 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!)
We are grateful to Robin and baby Emerson for taking on the role of Playgroup hosts--they will be on hand to welcome you!
(In case of rain or cold, we will again move to the Main Library Children's Services!)

See you on Tuesday, August 1, between 10am-noon
Parkovash Park
277 Parkovash Avenue
South Bend, Indiana 46617
http://sbpark.org/parks/parkovash-park/

Also, plan bringing the whole family to join us at Potawatomi Park on August 19 from 11-1 for lunch and a celebration of World Breastfeeding Week! Shanna Hendrickson Photography will be doing mini-sessions as a fundraiser for LLL SB--$10 for one image or $25 for 3!