Breastfeeding & Postpartum Services

We empower women by guiding and supporting them as they feed their babies with natural, wonderfully healthy breast milk. Mothers benefit from the following support:

  • Nursing lounge
  • Baby weight checks
  • Lactation consultations
  • Prenatal and postnatal support
  • Breastfeeding and Baby Care classes
Meet Angela Swieter, RN, BSN, IBCLC, ICBD, ICCE Owner of Basking Babies and a Guiding Star partner
In-person or Virtual Lactation Consultations

Angela will assess your baby’s oral anatomy, your breast anatomy, observe your baby’s latch, full feeding, and assist with latch, holds, and a plan for going forward. Learn more about a consultation with Angela.

$100 in-person at Guiding Star the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month or telehealth virtual appointments available anytime for $75.

Breastfeeding and Baby Classes

Breastfeeding Basics – 1st Thurs. each month,  4 P.M.
Learn the fundamentals of breastfeeding your baby including the benefits of breastfeeding, how-to, and tips for success.

Mom & Baby Care – 3rd Thurs. each month at 4 P.M.
What you need to know after baby arrives: cord care, burping, signs of depression, diet and exercise for mom

Classes are $25 and will be in-person (depending on enrollment) or held online. A minimum of 5 attendees is required to hold an in-person class.

*ONLINE* Breastfeeding Preparation Video Class

We offer an online “Breastfeeding Preparation Class” video” sharing everything expecting moms need to know to prepare for breastfeeding their baby. This hour-and-twenty-minute video course is just $15 and is packed with valuable information to get you started on the right foot. The downloadable video means you can watch the class from home on your own time and at your own pace. Visit Basking Babies to find out more.

Postpartum Services

Postpartum Class: “After the baby, now what?” This class will offer some of those lesser-talked-about topics that some couples may experience after the baby arrives regardless if it is your 1st child or 6th! We will address some of the emotional aspects as both a parent and a partner.

Postpartum Referrals: Guiding Star Marshalltown also provides resources for women looking for support during their postpartum period. We can provide referrals for emotional health counseling for postpartum depression, infant loss or birth trauma.

Miscarriage and infant loss support group: Holly Erbes and Jenny Butler are both educators, wives and mothers. Sadly, another experience they have in common is a history of miscarriage and infant loss. They provided much-needed support for each other through those difficult times and would now like to give to the community through Guiding Star Marshalltown. They will be a resource for peer support as well as create a support group for those who mourn the loss of a child through miscarriage. Contact Us for more information.

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