Baptist Health Opens UAMS Milk Bank Depots in Conway and Stuttgart

The Conway Baptist Health Milk Depot and the Stuttgart Baptist Health Milk Depot are designated spaces for women to donate milk, which will be sent to the UAMS Milk Bank for screening, pasteurization and nutritional analysis. After processing, milk will be sent, according to need, to hospitals throughout Arkansas.

“At Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway, our team is proud to deliver high quality, exceptional care to our patients,” said April Bennett, MSN, CHFP, RN, president of Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway. “Partnering with UAMS to support the Milk Bank will allow us to further that mission and meet the needs of our community, region and state.”

Located in the Monroe Building just off UAMS’ main campus in Little Rock, the UAMS Milk Bank, the first facility of its kind in Arkansas, focuses on the health of mothers and newborns in Arkansas through encouragement and support of breastfeeding. The new milk bank helps ensure a ready supply of donor milk for sick and vulnerable infants in neonatal intensive care units (NICU) around the state, shortening the time it takes for regional hospitals to receive critical milk supplies and improving outcomes for babies.

“We are very excited that UAMS Milk Bank is able to partner with our community hospitals to provide mothers who want to donate their milk with an easy access point to deposit their pumped milk,” said Misty L. Virmani, M.D., executive medical director of the UAMS Milk Bank, associate professor of pediatrics and neonatology and director of breastfeeding medicine. “Depots like these will increase community and health care provider awareness of the importance of a breastfeeding supportive community to the health of all members of the community.”

Previously, Arkansas hospitals relied on donor milk purchased from milk banks in Texas, Michigan, Illinois and Oklahoma, costing more than $1 million a year. In 2021, the Arkansas Legislature passed Act 225 establishing the creation of the milk bank and a special fund to help support the bank.

“Baptist Health is so excited to be partnering with UAMS to help provide breast milk to our Arkansas babies in need,” said Amy Shultz, BSN, RNC-MNN, inpatient nurse manager at Baptist Health Medical Center-Stuttgart. “We believe that our partnership with the UAMS Milk Bank will increase community awareness of the importance of breast milk and lead to an increase in breastfeeding rates in our communities.”

The Conway Baptist Health Milk Depot is located at 1555 Exchange Ave., and is open on Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and can be contacted at (501) 585-2170.

The Stuttgart Baptist Health Milk Depot is located at 1703 N. Buerkle St., and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and can be contacted at (870) 674-6425.

For information about how to donate milk to the UAMS Milk Bank, please visit To contact the Milk Bank, please call 501-686-5355 or email