FORT SMITH, Ark. – Getting everything ready for a new baby can be a busy time for any family. That’s why Baptist Health-Fort Smith has added a weekend breastfeeding education class to make it more convenient for mothers to receive vital information as they prepare to welcome a wonderful new life into the world.
In addition to an evening course offered the third Thursday of every month, certified lactation counselors at Baptist Health-Fort Smith will now teach the class one Saturday a month from 10 a.m. to Noon. Third Thursday classes are held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. All classes are open to breastfeeding mothers or women interested in breastfeeding in the future. Classes will be held in the Nancy Orr Conference Center on the third floor of Baptist Health-Fort Smith.
Breast milk is known to be rich in nutrients and provides health benefits for both mother and baby. Baptist Health’s certified lactation counselors will prepare mothers for positive and successful experiences with breastfeeding by discussing the many benefits of breastfeeding, how to get started, basic techniques and solutions to common problems. It is recommended that mothers bring a support person with who will learn these same basic skills and help support the mother during their hospital stay and return to home.
The classes are free, but registration is encouraged. To register for one of the dates listed, visit baptist-health.com or call Baptist Health HealthLine at 1-888-BAPTIST for more information.
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Baptist Health is Arkansas’ most comprehensive health care organization with more than 200 points of access that include 11 hospitals; urgent care centers; a senior living community and over 100 primary and specialty care clinics in Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma. The system additionally offers a college with studies in nursing and allied health; a graduate residency program; and access to virtual care anytime, anywhere. Baptist Health, as the largest not-for-profit health care organization based in Arkansas, provides care to patients wherever they are through the support of approximately 11,000 employees, groundbreaking treatments, renowned physicians and community outreach programs. For more information about Baptist Health, visit baptist-health.com, call Baptist Health HealthLine at 1-888-BAPTIST or download the myBaptistHealth app. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.