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Methodist Jennie Edmundson Lactation Services

We are here to help you make feeding your baby a fulfilling and positive experience.

Rest assured that a mother's milk has all the nutrition needed to keep a baby healthy, and only very rarely is there a medical or physical reason that a woman cannot breastfeed her baby. 

You and your baby can enjoy the many benefits of breastfeeding, including a very close and special mother-baby relationship.

Specialized one-on-one care to help new mothers.

Lactation Consultation

Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital's certified lactation consultant is a source of information and encouragement. She provide specialized one-on-one care and instruction to help new mothers breastfeed successfully.

Lactation consultants can assist in many ways, including:
  • Knowing if your baby is getting enough milk.
  • Teaching how to nurse multiples or babies with special needs.
  • Training to pump and store milk safely.
  • Evaluating breast pain or infections.
During your hospital stay, our lactation consultant is available from 9 a.m. to noon to help with breastfeeding questions or challenges that require skilled lactation support. 

After discharge, expect a follow-up a phone call from our lactation consultant periodically throughout your breastfeeding experience.
 
Call to ask a question or you can also call to make an appointment if you need help.

Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital
Birthing Center
933 East Pierce St.
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
(712) 396-7017
Hours: 9 a.m. - noon, Monday - Friday

You may also e-mail your questions about breastfeeding. You will receive a reply within 48 hours.
 

Methodist Jennie Edmundson Is Milk Depot Location

Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital has teamed with Mother's Milk Bank of Iowa and is one of 13 milk depots statewide.
 
Milk donors offer an incredible gift that helps babies thrive and grow. Babies may need donated milk when:
 
  • they are hospitalized, premature or adopted
  • mom has insufficient milk supply or is unable to breastfeed

Milk donors must:

  • be non-smokers
  • not take certain medications
  • not have consumed alcohol within 12 hours of pumping

Milk donors are carefully screened at no cost. If you are interested in participating, please contact Mother's Milk Bank of Iowa to receive your starter kit.

Make an appointment to drop off your milk at Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital by calling (712) 396-7017.


Support Groups and Resources

Baby and Me Support Group
Provides education and reassurance to new mothers with babies ages newborn to 12 months.

Back to Work and Breastfeeding Class
Free class with valuable information about breastfeeding and work.

Classes & Support Groups

Additional Information About Feeding