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Breast-feeding bill passes GA House

Moms held a "feed-in" at the Albany Mall last year Moms held a "feed-in" at the Albany Mall last year
Rep. Darrell Ealum Rep. Darrell Ealum
Georgia Legislature Georgia Legislature
ATLANTA, GA (WALB) -

Georgia state lawmakers want new mothers to have better resources to breastfeed.

House Bill 649 passed the house this week, paving the way for lactation consultants to become more accessible to women.

Right now, it's a private job that costs too much for many expectant mothers.
     
Representative Darrel Ealum, a co-sponsor on the bill, says too many women leave the hospital intending to breast feed but don't have the resources or knowledge to follow through.

"It's going to provide a licensed board. It's going to make sure that we have trained personnel to go out and provide assistance in the home or maybe in the doctor's office," Ealum said.

Ealum says Georgia ranks near the bottom nationwide of mothers who breastfeed, and he hopes this bill helps reverse that.
       
It still must pass the senate and be signed by the Governor. 

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