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Policy Brief Health and Health CareWorkforce ExpansionMaternal and Child HealthReproductive Health and Equity 

­Creating an Equitable Landscape for Lactation Consultant Licensure in Rhode Island

June 21, 2023


Requiring licensure for lactation consultants (a healthcare professional who specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding) can lead to increased quality of lactation-based care, but it can also lead to barriers to entry into the lactation consulting profession resulting in a workforce lacking in diversity. The regulatory environment in Rhode Island for lactation consultants provides valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities faced by states interested in ensuring the quality of care provided to parents and infants while also ensuring that competent and trained professionals do not experience unnecessary occupational barriers.