New program to help breastfeeding moms

Breastfeeding rates in Arkansas are among the lowest in the country, but a new initiative by Baptist Health is hoping to change that.

Baptist Health has implemented a telehealth lactation-consulting program with the help of a grant from the Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas.

Nurses at Baptist Health Medical Center-Arkadelphia can now take an iPad to the bedside of a new mother and consult with another nurse who is a certified lactation consultant on staff at Baptist Health Expressly For You.

Baptist Health Expressly for You currently has a telephone support line for breastfeeding mothers all over the state. The new telehealth program is an improvement to the support line 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.