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.

Breastmilk 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.

Prenatal Classes

Many insurance companies offer coverage for prenatal classes. (more)

WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Program Support

Many women qualify for the WIC program which provides breastfeeding support. (more)


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