Breastfeeding rates in Arkansas are among the lowest in the country. In “The CDC Guide to Strategies to Support Mothers and Babies,” access to professional breastfeeding support is a key strategy. International board-certified lactation consultants are healthcare professionals who specialize in the management of breastfeeding and are identified in the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention guide as effective in improving hospital maternity-care practices and breastfeeding rates.
Baptist Health Expressly for You has a breastfeeding warmline that serves as a telephone support line for breastfeeding mothers all over the state. The new telehealth lactation-consulting program is an improvement to the warmline by allowing women who deliver a baby in a hospital without a lactation consultant to be able to access one. Plans are under way to extend this program to more hospitals by the end of this year.
Baptist Health is an Arkansas-based, locally owned and managed, not-for-profit, faith-based health-care organization. Baptist Health is Arkansas’ most comprehensive health-care system with more than 7,600 employees operating eight hospitals with a ninth currently under construction in Conway. For more information about Baptist Health, call Baptist Health HealthLine at 1-888-BAPTIST or visit the website at baptist-health.com.