breast milk State Begins Licensing Lactation Consultants By Kristin Gourlay • Jul 8, 2015 Ken Hammond / USDA Rhode Island has certified its first lactation consultant. Breastfeeding experts have been helping new mothers for a long time. But this is the first state licensure in the nation. The Safer Way To Donate, Use Breast Milk By Kristin Gourlay • Oct 21, 2013 You may have heard about a new study to be published in the journal of the American Association of Pediatrics about finding high levels of harmful bacteria in breast milk bought from online sources. Here's USA Today's coverage of that study.