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Breastfeeding provides the ideal nutrition for your baby’s growth and development. But, as with most things in life, it can present its own challenges from time to time. We’re here to help! Myrtue Medical Center’s Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) can answer your breastfeeding questions and help you establish a rewarding mother/infant breastfeeding relationship. She is available both before and after your child is born to help you get your breastfeeding journey off to a good start. Call 712.755.4482 or email to schedule a one-on-one prenatal or newborn visit.

Lactation Consultant

Cara Cacy, IBCLC

Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant

Myrtue Medical Center’s internationally board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) provides prenatal, hospital and post-partum breastfeeding education and support.

Contact Information: 712.755.4482 | ccacy@myrtuemedical.org

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Consultation Services Include:

  • Personalized instruction and support
  • Advice on correct latching and positioning and how to tell baby is getting enough
  • Assistance selecting the appropriate pumping system for your needs
  • Support for breastfeeding difficulties – milk production, latching, poor baby weight gain, etc.
  • Additional community support resources
  • Encouragement and continued follow-up as you work toward your breastfeeding goals

Mother's Milk Bank of Iowa - Depot #39

In May of 2021, Myrtue's Birthing Center became the 39th Mother's Milk Collection Depot.

Pictured above at the official Mother's Milk Bank opening are (L to R): Lyndsey Havens, RN, Lisa Beck, RN, Megan Gettys, RN, Lanette Peterson, RN, Michele Monson, RNC, and Cara Cacy, RN, IBCLC.

“We are very excited to partner with the Mother’s Milk Bank of Iowa to become a breast milk depot,” states Birthing Center Director, Michele Monson, RNC-OB. “The Mother’s Milk Bank of Iowa has wanted a depot in southwest Iowa and we look forward to providing this service to our community.”

More than two decades of research have established that human milk is the perfect food for infants. It protects them from illness – infants on human milk have lower hospital admission rates, fewer ear infections, rashes, and allergies, as well as less diarrhea. Human milk is even more important for premature infants. Human milk contains many ingredients not found in formula. It is full of immune system boosters and infection-fighting factors, and contains unique proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and enzymes necessary for tiny infants to survive.

“Although the main reason I donate my milk is to help and support other families, I find it rewarding on my end as well," states donor Emily Raney. "It is so fulfilling to know that my contributions will help babies to thrive and grow. I am so glad the Myrtue is a drop off site. They make it easy and simple to make a donation and it gives me a sense of pride to know that I am making a difference.”

Donor human milk is available for premature and term infants. Indications for its use include:

  • Hospitalized premature infants
  • Infants born with immunological defects
  • Insufficient milk supply
  • Adopted infants
  • Mother illness requiring brief cessation of breast feeding

To be a milk donor, you must be in good health and be willing to pump and store milk according to milk bank standards as well as donate a minimum of 200 ounces of milk. Donors are also:

  • Non-smoking
  • Not taking medication (with a few exceptions)
  • Should not consume alcohol 12 hours before pumping milk to donate
  • Are not taking herbal supplements, including herbs in multivitamin (multivitamin is not an exclusion)

To become a human milk donor, please contact Heidi Baudhuin at 319.384.9930 or baudhuin@healthcare.uiowa.edu

To order donor human milk or for more information about the Mother’s Milk Bank of Iowa:

Cara Cacy, IBCLC, Myrtue's Lactation Consultant, was able to receive the first Milk Bank donation from Emily Raney. Myrtue Medical Center had its first donor in July 2021. Cara Casy, IBCLC, Myrtue's Lactation Consultant, was able to receive the first Milk Bank donation from Emily Raney.

"Although the main reason I donate my milk is to help and support other families, I find it rewarding on my end as well. It is so fulfilling to know that my contributions will help babies thrive and grow," said first donor, Emily Raney. "I am so glad Myrtue is a drop off site. They make it easy and simple to make a donation and it gives me a sense of pride to know that I am making a difference."

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