Baptist Health, Arkansas Department of Health Launch Statewide Breastfeeding Help Line

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Arkansas families now have a new resource to support their efforts to breastfeed their babies. Baptist Health and the Arkansas Department of Health have partnered to launch a new statewide breastfeeding telephone line, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Arkansas Breastfeeding Help Line is 501-202-7378. Beginning March 1, people with breastfeeding questions may also call toll free at 1-844-344-0408. The line is staffed by Baptist Health RN Lactation consultants. These breastfeeding experts are available to assist new mothers and their partners, expectant mothers and healthcare providers seeking breastfeeding support and information.

The help line provides accurate and up-to-date information at any time of day or night to answer common questions and concerns about breastfeeding such as:

  • Is baby getting enough milk
  • Coping with breast or nipple pain
  • Breastfeeding and returning to the workplace
  • Using a breast pump
  • Taking medications while breastfeeding

“Babies who are breastfed reap multiple health benefits, including fewer respiratory, gastrointestinal and ear infections in addition to helping brain development and strengthening the emotional bond with their mothers,” said Jessica Donahue RN IBCLC at Baptist Health. “Having a lactation consultant to call any time of day or night will help new moms in Arkansas breastfeed even if they face some of the typical early challenges that can arise.