Breastfeeding: Information for Pregnant Women and Nursing Mothers

Breastfeeding is something only a mother can do for her baby. Breastfeeding helps a mother bond with her baby. Physical contact is important to newborns and can help them feel more secure, warm and comforted.

Breast milk is the most complete form of nutrition for infants. It’s always convenient, fresh and the right temperature. A mother's milk has just the right amount of fat, sugar, water and protein that is needed for her baby's growth and development. It is easier for most babies to digest breast milk than formula.

What You Should Do

Consider taking prenatal classes

Many insurance companies offer coverage for prenatal classes. more

Enroll in the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Program

Many women qualify for the WIC program, which offers education and support for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. Trained lactation consultants, counselors, peer counselors and nutritionists are available to ensure each mother meets her personal breastfeeding goal. more

Request a First Connections visit

First Connections is a free service which has supported thousands of Rhode Island pregnant women, mothers, and care givers with children up to age three. Trained specialists are available to meet with parents at their home, or in another place in the community, in order to provide breastfeeding education and support. (more)

Take advantage of hospital Warmlines

Most Rhode Island birthing hospitals have “warm-line” phone services that mothers can call after they leave the hospital with questions or concerns about breastfeeding.

  • Kent County Hospital 401-737-7000 x3332
  • Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island 401-729-2291
  • Newport Hospital 401-845-1110
  • South County Hospital 401-782-8020 x1226
  • Westerly Hospital 401-348-2229
  • Women and Infants Hospital 1-800-711-7011