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Lactation Services

The decision to breastfeed is a personal one. Breastfeeding provides numerous benefits for you and your baby - and is a beautiful and natural way to bond. Our qualified Lactation Services staff is here to provide extensive breastfeeding and education support. If you have any questions, please contact one of our lactation counselors by calling (641) 236-2324 or learn more about classes that are available.

Certified Lactation Counselors (CLC)

Kami Walters, RN, CLC

Kami WaltersKami is very passionate about assisting moms with their breastfeeding needs. She is CLC certified and received her nursing degree at Marshalltown Community College. Kami is known for her expertise in breastfeeding as well as her patience as she assists moms throughout this challenging yet rewarding journey. 

With two boys, Kami has first-hand experience. Kami also teaches the breastfeeding classes throughout the year which highlight the first two hours of delivery, teaching your baby to suck, tips on milk production, reducing barriers and more!

To learn more about breastfeeding or if you have any questions please reach out to Kami Walters at (641) 236-2324 or by e-mail

Crystal VandeKamp, RN, CLC

Crystal VandeKampCrystal enjoys assisting moms and their families to meet their individual breastfeeding goals.  She is CLC certified and received her nursing degree at Marshalltown Community College. She provides compassionate care and genuinely wants to help others in any way she can. 

Crystal is very passionate about being a certified lactation counselor to provide care to moms in the community that may need support or have various questions. Being a mom to five children, she can relate to the various joys and challenges that arise with breastfeeding.

Crystal is available for appointments as well as home visits and can be reached at (641) 236-2385 or by email

Breastfeeding Benefits

Breastfeeding provides numerous benefits for both mom and baby, and it also impacts dads. Provided are some tips to help dads adjust and become a part of the breastfeeding experience.
Benefits for Mom

  • Reduces stress and risk for postpartum depression.
  • Reduces risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
  • Allows uterus to shrink faster; helping you to regain pre-pregnancy figure back more quickly.
  • Saves money.
  • No need to prepare and clean bottles.
  • Special bonding time for you and your baby.

Benefits for Baby

  • Provides essential nutrients and antibodies to help protect baby's immune system.
  • Lowers risk of diabetes, high cholesterol, childhood obesity, asthma, SIDS, ear infections, and allergies.
  • Easy for baby to digest.
  • Improves baby's cognitive development.

Tips for Dad

  • Understand that this process is new for both mother and baby.  This means that frustrations may run high.
  • Mother may need help with positioning the baby for feedings.
  • Try to help out in other ways with your baby. Changing diapers may not be a fun task, but it allows you to interact with your baby one-on-one.  Snuggling and changing clothes are some other ideas. Burping the baby may be helpful during and after feedings.
  • Hold the baby before and after feedings.  This way the baby is able to develop a relationship with you as well.
  • Feed an occasional bottle of breast milk after the baby is 3 to 4 weeks old.