Tuesday the House Health & Human Services Committee passed a bill out of committee to license and regulate “lactation consultants.” The bill targets medical professionals who operate in medical facilities and help new moms how to breastfeed.
House Bill 649 by Rep. Sharon Cooper, a Cobb County Republican, was filed in March of 2015 but did not move last year.
A quick Google search tells me that a “lactation consultant” is defined as “an allied health professional who specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding. Lactation consultants commonly work in hospitals, physician or midwife practices, public health programs, and private practice.”
HB 649’s listed purpose is to protect the “safety, health, and welfare” of the public, and Chairman Cooper obviously feels this is one of the most pressing bills of the legislative session since she’s got the pedal to the metal on day 10.
The bill proposed would do the following:
- establish a “lactation consultant” advisory board
- require all lactation consultants to be Board Certified
- require background checks
- require any consultant to obtain a license through the State of Georgia
- allow the advisory board established to set fees for the licenses – no amount set
There was only one dissenting vote when the bill passed out of committee – Rep. John Pezold (R-Columbus).
We’ll keep you abreast as to how this bill progresses.