Do you need lactation help in the Des Moines area?
My name is Crystel. I am a registered nurse and a private practice IBCLC (international board-certified lactation consultant). I travel to see women and families in their homes before and after the birth of their babies. If you prefer to not meet in your home I do have a lactation clinic in Dexter, Iowa. I love to assist women and empower them with knowledge and tools for their breastfeeding journey.
I travel to offer breastfeeding help, near and far.
Not only am I a private practice lactation consultant, but I am also a professional photographer, specializing in newborns.
I am a mom of two beautiful children, Jack (9) and Elizabeth (6). I attempted to breastfeed Jack right away and took all the hospital classes trying to prepare myself.
I believed that I was unable to breastfeed him due to not knowing how much milk he was receiving. I ended up mostly pumping with him.
With my daughter I was more informed and more comfortable with my body. I breastfed her for 8 months and comfort fed until 12 months, but with a lot of help.
At this point I had not gone back to school. This time, for lactation education. I have experience in acute care at the largest hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. There, I was a postpartum RN. Prior to that I spent several years at an OB/GYN clinic as a provider's nurse. I have been a nurse since 2009.
Things that I enjoy include spending time with my kiddos and husband, being outdoors, boat rides, traveling, coffee with LOTS of creamer, and Diet Mountain Dew. Yes, my guilty pleasures.
I have always wanted to work with mothers and babies since I was a young girl. When I was in High School I had an internship with a well-known midwife in Des Moines. We traveled to many homes together, and I would stand by to watch the birthing process, take pictures, and watch follow up assessments.
Mothers milk is perfect for her baby. There is nothing more unique and beautiful then being able to assist with nourishing the mind and body of an infant or toddler.
I don't want anyone to feel lost in this process. Becoming a mother is HARD, breastfeeding is rewarding and sometimes hard, pumping is hard work, bottle feeding is hard work. Is it all rewarding? YES!! I heard from someone recently that all life is hard, you just have to choose your hard. Work hard for what you want.
Let's talk about your goals, let's look at that latch. Let's make sure baby is adequately gaining weight and having wet diapers and stools. You can do it!
I will travel to Polk County, Iowa mostly but I often make my way around the state of Iowa. I travel Madison, Boone, Guthrie, Jasper, Marion, Warren, and Adair County, reside in Dallas County,
I have a TANITA lactation scale that I bring with me for any weighted feed visits, this scale is so accurate- down to the gram! Pediatric / Neonatal Scale (tanita.com)
I'm here to help!! I will collaborate with the pediatrician, midwife, doula, or family doctor to keep them up to date as well. A report can be sent after our visit to the provider (after your authorization).
Home Lactation Consultant Prenatal and Problem Visits $125
Whether you are a NICU mom with breast milk supply struggles, a new mom needing weight checks for baby, or an established breastfeeding mom with a new nipple or breast concern, I'm here for you! Lets chat. I would love to help you reach your breastfeeding goals!
For Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO or Cigna PPO insurance please click on this link for scheduling and billing:
Integrative Family Medicine Lactation Clinic
Lets talk BREASTS!! I'm here to help you feel comfortable with your body and feeding your baby. Education is power! I want you to be prepared and feel comfortable with putting baby to breast.
I'll help you with any lactation problems at the breast or pumping related.
All Insurance Accepted
I also own a photography company called CC Photography. I focus mainly on newborn photography, families, and couples sessions. I love all the babies and children!