Meet Our Lactation Specialist, Jan Kaste, APRN, IBCLC

Name:  Jan Kaste

Hometown:  Galesville, Wisconsin

Family: My son Justin, daughter Erin, 4 grandsons (Oliver, Andrew, Johannes and a baby boy due in 6 weeks) and one granddaughter (Lilje). 

With Health Foundations Since:  November 2015

My role at Health Foundations:  My biggest role is that of the Postpartum Nurse. I see families in their home between 24 and 48 hours after they deliver their baby at Health Foundations at which time I provide education and support to the new family regarding breastfeeding, baby care and making sure mom and baby are doing well.  Newborn screening is done at this visit as well.  I am also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and I see patients in the clinic for lactation consults when moms are experiencing difficulties breastfeeding and require additional one on one support.  I teach PumpTalk 101 once a month for moms who are going back to work and want to continue to breastfeed successfully.  I also teach the Early Home Care Class on Mondays and provide breastfeeding support and education during Mama's Milk Hour every Thursday. I see clients in the clinic for prenatal and postpartum visits when the Midwives are called away from clinic to do a delivery and I routinely see each client at their 20 week visit. That visit gives me the opportunity to meet clients before they deliver and find out if they have experienced nursing difficulties in the past or have concerns about breastfeeding.  This allows me to make a plan with the mom to proactively deal with potential breastfeeding issues before they occur. I wear lots of hats and I love them all.

Educational Background and Training:  I became a registered nurse in 1975, which means I have been a nurse longer than most of my patients have been alive!  Yes, that's a long time! I have spent the entirety of my career in OB, NICU, Infertility and other areas in Women's Health. I became a Certified Women's Health Nurse Practitioner in 1999 which gave me an expanded role in providing care to women.  My IBCLC certification provides another avenue to make a difference in my patient's lives. 

Favorite Thing When Not at Health Foundations: I love spending time with my grandchildren!  I am also an avid horseback rider. I love to trail ride but I also compete in working western disciplines (reining, working cow horse and ranch riding).

Travel Anywhere:  I would go to New Zealand for it's spectacular scenery.

Super Power: Time travel!

Inspiration to be a Nurse:  I wanted to be a nurse ever since I was a little girl. It was the only thing I ever wanted to be (well, except for being a cowgirl and riding horses all day). I love the art and science of medicine but also the deeply personal aspect of providing care to a person or family at a a critical time in their life. What a privilege to be in that position of trust. 

What I Love About Health Foundations:  I love Health Foundations for the way it provides the opportunity for women to find and experience their inner strength and resolve when becoming a new mom. It is life changing for the woman and her partner and impacts her for the remainder of her life. I love being part of an amazing team where everyone contributes to bring these miracles to fruition. 

Birth Philosophy:  Women are wonderfully made and equipped to bring babies into this world with a minimum of outside interference. By nurturing and affirming that strength, women can experience the birth they choose.  A birth that is empowering physically, emotionally and spiritually. 

Advice: I would advise women to envision themselves as powerful, capable women and mothers.   Surround yourself with people who will love and affirm you and help you be the best you can be.  And be that for others in their journey.