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.

In Person or Virtual Lactation Consulting Visits

Our lactation consultants offer mothers one-on-one breastfeeding support and encouragement. All are International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) and have helped hundreds of mothers work through breastfeeding challenges. 

Get expert help in our clinic or from the comfort of home. A virtual visit is a secure video call from your phone
or computer. You can request a Virtual Visit when you schedule an appointment, and instructions will be sent via email. 

Our consultants can help you with:

  • Latch and feeding assessment
  • Baby fussy at the breast
  • Milk supply concerns
  • Pumping questions
  • Plugged ducts, mastitis and nipple pain
  • Plan to return to work

What to Expect at Your Appointment

Your consultant will discuss your medical history and breastfeeding concerns. Your baby’s appearance and behavior during breastfeeding may be observed and assessed. At the end of your appointment, you and your consultant will create a care plan together.

To schedule, call the location nearest you:

"Baby Talk" Breastfeeding Support Groups

A free support group led by certified Lactation Consultants, where breastfeeding moms can find support during their babies first year of life.

Sessions are held at the following times and locations:

  • Mondays at 2 p.m. at CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center - Bergan Mercy
  • Tuesdays at 2 p.m. at CHI Health Immanuel
  • Thursdays at 10 a.m. at CHI Health Mercy Council Bluffs
  • Thursdays at 2 p.m. at CHI Health Lakeside

Register for a session and view more information.

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, WHNP, IBCLC

Certified Lactation Consultant,
Women's Health Nurse Practitioner

Laura Miller, RN, BSN, IBCLC

Certified Lactation Consultant

Ann Smith, RN, BSN, IBCLC

Certified Lactation Consultant

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