April 20, 2024 9:26 am
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Breastfeeding in the Workplace

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Mohamed Bughrara

Breastfeeding is legal in all fifty states, including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, thanks to protections granted by the Affordable Care Act. Out of those 50 states, 30 of them have laws governing breastfeeding in the workplace, and Georgia is one of them. 

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, breastfeeding should be continued until at least the child is one year old. But it is ultimately up to individual parents to make their own decisions when it comes to breastfeeding or formula-feeding a baby. The vast majority of Americans have at some point tried breastfeeding their child as a newborn. 

The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that 82.6 percent of newborns have ever been nursed. In Georgia, 53.1 percent of infants were breastfed at 6 months, while 33.7 percent were breastfed at 12 months. Breastfeeding indicators are determined based on the year of the child’s birth rather than the year of the survey.

Georgia state authorized the human services department in 2020 to provide Medicaid coverage for lactation care and services to pregnant and lactating mothers, as well as children who are nursing or receiving mother’s milk.

Georgia Legislature approves coverage to help first responders cope with job-related PTSD treatment

The Ashley Wilson Act, named for Gwinnett police sergeant Ashley Wilson, passed unanimously in the Georgia House of Representatives, aiming to provide supplemental health insurance for first responders diagnosed with PTSD due to on-the-job experiences. This landmark legislation, celebrated for its potential to significantly aid in the recovery and support of traumatized first responders, reflects a broader recognition of PTSD’s serious impact on public safety personnel, promising financial and treatment support beginning January 1, 2025.

FAFSA delays pose challenges for Georgia college-bound students

Students across Georgia are facing delays in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process, particularly challenging due to its late January rollout and additional complications for mixed-status families. Despite these setbacks, the Department of Education has implemented fixes for major issues, and officials, including MorraLee Keller of the National College Attainment Network, urge students not to give up on securing financial aid for college.