Where and when: The second Friday of every month at 10:15 a.m. at the Glendale Library (62nd and Keystone). We gather in the meeting room at the back of the library, on the right.  It’s perfectly fine to come late or leave early as needed.  Sometimes with a baby it just takes awhile to get out of the house!

  • January 8: Advantages of Breastfeeding
  • February 12:  The Family and the Breastfed Baby (Fathers/Partners welcome)
  • March 12: Overcoming Obstacles to Breastfeeding
  • April 9: Nutrition and Weaning
  • May 14: Advantages of Breastfeeding
  • June 11: The Family and the Breastfed Baby (Fathers/Partners welcome)
  • July 9: Overcoming Obstacles to Breastfeeding
  • August 13: Nutrition and Weaning
  • September 10: Advantages of Breastfeeding
  • October 8: The Family and the Breastfed Baby (Fathers/Partners welcome)
  • November 12: Overcoming Obstacles to Breastfeeding
  • December 10: Nutrition and Weaning

Who: Our meetings are open to all women who are interested in breastfeeding. It is very useful to attend at least a meeting or two before your baby is born.  Children are welcome. Dads are invited to our February, June, and October meetings.

Why attend? Check out this article on Why LLL? Being in touch with our nursing mothers is a tremendous value. The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding describes it this way:

No book about breastfeeding can equal talking to an experienced nursing mother and seeing her happy baby. When you know a woman who enjoys being a nursing mother, you have access to a continuing source of information and inspiration. It is our hope that you can join with other mothers and together find the satisfaction and support that we have known. The best place we know of to receive this mother-to-mother support is at your local La League Group. Attending LLL meeetings during pregnancy is the ideal preparation for breastfeeding and a good way to learn what being a mother is all about.

What happens at LLL meetings? Our meetings are attended by pregnant women and women with babies and toddlers of a range of ages. We sit in a circle and babies crawl or toddle around. You’ll see lots of nursing going on. [Our meetings are a low-stress place to practice nursing in public].

At each meeting, we go around the room and introduce ourselves.  Then, everyone has a chance to ask any burning questions that they have brought to the meeting.  After we’ve discussed those, we’ll settle into our discussion of this month’s topic.  These topics range from Why Breastfeed, Adjusting to Life with a Baby, Overcoming Obstacles to Breastfeeding, and Nutrition and Weaning. For example, at one recent month we discussed “There’s a new baby in your life. How do you: Take a shower? Cook dinner? Sleep? Use a public restroom? Check your email? Get exercise?”

Our meetings are led by volunteer La Leche League Leaders, who are experienced breastfeeding mothers who have been accredited by La Leche League to provide breastfeeding support. Leaders are familiar with breastfeeding management and current breastfeeding research. They will be happy to answer your questions at meetings (or by phone or email).

La Leche League is a great place to make friends with other mothers. There’s usually someone with a baby that is the same age as yours, who you can connect with in a unique way. There’s also usually someone whose baby is a little older who will give you the sense of what’s to come, and someone whose baby is a little younger to give you the sense of how much your baby has already grown and changed.

Here is a video of a La Leche League meeting (not our group) on YouTube.

Lending Library At our meetings you can borrow books from our extensive lending library, with titles about breastfeeding, pregnancy and childbirth, parenting, and nutrition.

Buy a book: At our meetings you can buy a copy of the Womanly Art of Breastfeeding or other favorite books from our library.

Enrichment meetings: If you’re looking for more ways to connect with other nursing mothers, consider coming to one of our monthly enrichment meetings held on the third Friday of every month at 9:30 a.m. at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church (Summer location:  Canterbury Park).  At each enrichment meeting, we discuss a topic beyond the basics of breastfeeding, such as nursing a toddler, gentle discipline, spacing your children, finding time for yourself, nighttime parenting, and more.  But mostly, enrichment meetings are a place to relax, enjoy food, and get to know each other better.

5 Responses to “Our Meetings”

  1. Karlee Latuszek Says:

    I am pregnant with my first child and would like to attend the June meeting. I just want to make sure that I have all the info I can get prior to starting my breastfeeding experience.

    1. Sara Says:

      Hi Karlee,

      Welcome! I hope that you come to our meeting this coming Friday! There’s no better time to start coming that when you’re pregnant!

      Sara
      LLL Leader
      Broad Ripple Group

  2. Lorel Smith Says:

    I am currently 24 weeks pregnant with my first child and on bedrest since the first week of November. Is there anything that can be offered to me as per the classes since I will not be able to attend any meeting until after the birth?

    Thanks
    -Lorel

    1. lllbroadripple Says:

      Hi Lorel,

      Congratulations on your pregnancy! I’m so glad that you are looking for information about getting a good start to breastfeeding now, while you are pregnant. This helps so much in having a satisfying breastfeeding experience.

      I am sorry to hear that you are on bed rest and won’t be able to attend any of our meetings before your baby is born. Incidentally, our meetings are not really classes — they’re group discussions. Either way, they’re very informative.

      We do have weekly online LLL meetings for mothers who can’t attend an in-person meeting. You can find info about online meetings here: http://www.llli.org/chat/chat.html?m=0,0,7

      For an overview of the kinds of topics we cover in our meetings, I would encourage you to read our book The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. It’s very helpful to read about breastfeeding before your baby is born.

      Best Wishes!
      Sara
      Leader
      LLL Broad Ripple

  3. Shannon Samson Says:

    Hi Sara,

    Can you call or email me today (Thursday 3/11)? I work for Channel 6 and wanted to ask your thoughts on a story I’m working on.

    Thanks,
    Shannon Samson
    (317) 269-1440

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