Comprehensive Breastfeeding Care

Every new mom wants the best for her baby and studies show that starts with breastfeeding. Breast milk is rich in nutrients and antibodies to protect your baby. For most babies it’s easier to digest and helps fight disease. It also helps you bond with your baby. There are some challenges to breastfeeding. To help mom and baby connect, CHI Health provides onsite lactation teams. They can walk you through any questions or problems you might have. 

Breastfeeding right after childbirth can take time and patience but with a little practice and the help of our lactation team, you and your baby are not alone. We encourage you to attend our breastfeeding support groups for encouragement, advice, and assistance. The smalls groups are led by a lactation counselor within the hospital.

Our Certified Lactation Consultants

Deanne Birkestrand, RN, BSN, IBCLC

Certified Lactation Consultant

Nicole Caswell, RN, BSN, IBCLC

Certified Lactation Consultant

Sharon Detten, RN, BSN, IBCLC

Certified Lactation Consultant

Jennifer Hensley, RN, BSN, IBCLC

Certified Lactation Consultant

Cheryl Hruska, RN, BSN, IBCLC

Certified Lactation Consultant

Leah James, RN, BSN, IBCLC

Certified Lactation Consultant

Tiffany Keller, RN, BSN, IBCLC

Certified Lactation Consultant

Chelsey Kennedy, BSN, RN, IBCLC

Certified Lactation Consultant

Stephanie Lewis, RN, BSN, IBCLC

Certified Lactation Consultant

Laura Miller, RN, BSN, IBCLC

Certified Lactation Consultant

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Please Note:  Due to Coronavirus precautions, many in-person meetings are postponed. Contact the organizer of any event or brestfeeding support group you wish to attend to see if it is still being held. 

Breastfeeding Support Groups

Breastfeeding support and more!

Lower Level Cancer Center

Conference Room 2

Every Monday (excluding holidays) 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.*

And Every Thursday (excluding holidays) 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.*

  • FREE drop in breastfeeding support.  Our lactation consultant will share hints, answer questions and provide assistance with weighing your baby to track his or her progress. 
  • Arrive during the first half hour and no advance registration is required.  Call ahead if you expect to be later.
  • Pregnant moms that plan to breastfeed and have questions are welcome!

If more than one mom and baby attend, then:

  • Breastfeeding Support Group is facilitated by our lactation consultant in a relaxed environment to nurture friendships and provide support to new mothers.

*Park in open lot on the southwest corner of the campus or in the large parking garage on the west side of the campus closest to the medical office building. 

*Baby Talk is cancelled on holidays or for severe weather/driving conditions. 

4th Thursday (Nov. and Dec. classes meet the 3rd Thursday), 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., GSH, West Tower Classrooms
Prepare for a wonderful breastfeeding experience at our Steps to Better Breastfeeding class intended for expectant mothers in their second or third trimester and their partners. This class is taught by our certified lactation team with the goal of providing a relaxed, comfortable and fun atmosphere where questions are welcomed. You'll leave feeling better prepared to breastfeed and a solid knowledge of where to find help when needed.

Breastfeeding support and more!

Mercy Medical Building Two

801 Harmony St, Ste 206

Council Bluffs, IA

(712) 325-2525

Every Wednesday – 9:30 a.m.*

  • FREE drop in breastfeeding support. Our lactation consultant will share hints, answer questions and provide assistance with weighing your baby to track his or her progress. 
  • Arrive during the first half hour and no advance registration is required. Call ahead if you expect to be later.
  • Pregnant moms that plan to breastfeed and have questions are welcome!

If more than one mom and baby attend, then:

  • Breastfeeding Support Group is facilitated by our lactation consultant in a relaxed environment to nurture friendships and provide support to new mothers.

*Mercy Medical Building Two is located behind the hospital. Turn on Frank St to Harmony St. then turn right. It will be the second building on the right.

*Baby Talk is cancelled on holidays or for severe weather/driving conditions.

Prepares you for breastfeeding success by: learning different techniques, knowing how to build your milk supply, explaining Dad's role, learning how to pump breast milk and breast pump styles, and preventing problems. Taught by a certified lactation specialist. See upcoming dates.

This class is for any woman considering breastfeeding her baby. Discussions cover why you should consider breastfeeding; physical and emotional preparation; needs of the newborn, mother and family; working while breastfeeding; support and resources; pacifiers; and breast pumps. Fathers or other support people are welcome to attend. One-night class for expectant parents, third Wednesday of February, April, June, August, October, and December from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at CHI Health St. Francis. For fees, dates and to register, call (308) 398-6595.