Ashley County Medical Center – Women’s Health & Services
The Arkansas Department of Health has concluded that breastfeeding is beneficial
for all newborn babies. If you are interested in learning about breastfeeding
your child, the Ashley County Medical Center and our women’s healthcare
professionals can help you get the information and direction you need. Our
Ashley’s Women’s Services division is committed to making the lives of the women in our communities
easier through treatment, education, and support, so we would be happy
to help you in this regard as well.
ACMC has partnered with Baptist Health in Little Rock to bring 24 hour
support Telehealth Lactation Consulting, eLactation, to our community.
“eLactation” is a way to provide our community with care that
is available in larger cities, such as Little Rock. This program allows
our patients to be in contact with a lactation specialist for questions
or help with breastfeeding around the clock.
Benefits of breastfeeding your child may include:
Eating habits: Children who are initially breastfed by their mothers tend to develop
healthy eating habits and routines throughout the next few years.
Growth: Breastmilk contains the essential nutrients a newborn requires to grow
steadily and healthily; many mothers choose to breastfeed due to the fact
that there is virtually no guessing whether or not their child is getting
proper nutrients at such a young age.
Mental acuity: There is evidence to suggest that breastfeeding a child helps with cognitive
development and personality stability that may carry into puberty.
Loving relationship: The close and frequent contact with a child that breastfeeding requires
helps both the mother and the child bond, creating a loving relationship
that both will cherish.
Helpful Sources of Breastfeeding Information
Do you want to know all you can about breastfeeding before you decide to
breastfeed your newborn? We encourage you to visit and explore these other
helpful sources of information.
Arkansas Department of Health
Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Office in Hamburg/Crossett
- Hamburg unit – 870-853-5525
- Crossett unit – 870-364-2115
Arkansas Breastfeeding Hotline
Kelly Mom-Parenting and Breastfeeding
Of course, if you would like to speak directly with our women’s health
physicians at the Ashley County Medical Center, please feel free to
contact us online or dial