We are The Breastfeeding Specialist of Atlanta
Lactation Consultants of Atlanta is the most trusted breastfeeding specialist in the Atlanta area, and our team of lactation consultants are dedicated to assisting nursing families reach their breastfeeding goals anywhere in their journey.
As Atlanta’s founding private practice we were the first to offer private lactation services in the area. We have been Atlanta’s premier breastfeeding specialist, and have been helping families to breastfeed for over 30 years.
Our International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) are experienced, highly trained professionals, who specialize in working with health care providers to assist nursing mothers and their babies.
Lactation Consultants of Atlanta has been providing personal services in the hospital, in homes and in our office since August, 1988 and have helped thousands of mothers and babies.
If you don’t see an available time slot that works for you, please call.
Same Day appointments available by phone call only.
Meet our Lactation Consultants
Sharon Birdseye, RN, Licensed IBCLC, RLC
Owner/Director of Clinical Operations
Sharon Birdseye is the true breastfeeding specialist in Atlanta. She has been helping families to breastfeed as a board certified lactation consultant for over 30 years. She is the foundation on which LCA was built and some might say the Lactation field in Atlanta, having been one of the first to set for her boards in the state of Georgia. She continued that tradition recently with being one of the first to obtain her license after licensure was introduced in the state.
Sharon is a founding member and past president of the Southeastern Lactation Consultants Association (SELCA), member of the International Lactation Consultants Association (ILCA), and the United States Lactation Consultant Association (USLCA).
She is a graduate of Georgia Baptist College of Nursing. In 2015 she was inducted into the Half Century Club of Mercer University by the Georgia Baptist College of nursing Alumni Association. In 2018 she was inducted into their Hall of Honor for her Excellence in Clinical Nursing Practice. She has worked as a registered nurse in cardiology, labor and delivery and OB education.
When Sharon is not in the office, or on the go helping as many mommas and babies as she can, you will find her spending time with her family. She is the proud mother of 3 (now grown) breastfed boys and 2 breastfed granddaughters. If she’s not spending her free time with her granddaughters, you may find her on the golf course working on her swing or possibly participating in Zumba or Tai Chi.
She has a great passion for sharing her knowledge of breastfeeding and has been a guest lecturer for Emory School of Nursing’s midwifery program, SELCA. La Leche league, and CHOA. Sharon has been featured on the news and has published several articles on breastfeeding for La Lache League International.
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Jana Birdseye, IBCLC
Chief Operating Officer / Director of Corporate Lactation
Jana graduated with honors from the Georgia Northwestern Technical College Lactation Program in December of 2019. She has a background in retail, marketing, and over 20 years of experience in business management.
Jana decided she wanted to work in lactation after having a baby born with Down syndrome. She struggled to find good help learning how to breastfeed and knew that she wanted to help other mother’s breastfeed their babies. She also has a passion for helping the working mom because she had to overcome work struggles in corporate America.
Jana’s favorite thing about about working at LCA is knowing that she is carrying on a legacy while building a future for herself and her family. She loves the satisfaction of helping families to breastfeed and reach their breastfeeding goals.
Jana is married with 2 kids and 2 dogs (one is grown and the other is beginning elementary school). Jana also has 1 grandson who calls her Gigi.
When Jana is not in the office or helping moms and babies, you can find her reading, swimming, and playing outdoors with her daughter and grandson. Her favorite food is Mexican, especially chips and queso dip.
Melissa Clackum, IBCLC
Melissa is a graduate of the Georgia Northwestern Technical College Lactation Program. Melissa started with LCA as a student intern, and quickly worked her way into the position of office assistant and then on into being one of our consultants. Melissa has such a love for working with breastfeeding families and sharing her knowledge.
Melissa has a passion for breastfeeding and has breastfed all four of her children. She is proud to have breastfed for over eight years (3 different children). Melissa says, “I want to be able to help other mothers meet their breastfeeding goals.” Her favorite thing about working at LCA is getting to help moms and babies. When she’s not busy doing stuff for LCA you’ll find Melissa spending time with her family. Melissa is happily married, and has 4 amazing children (1 girl, 3 boys). Melissa’s hobbies include gardening, embroidering t-shirts, watching her children’s sports, and watching University of Kentucky basketball.
Cydni Orebaugh, RN, IBCLC
Cydni is a certified Registered Nurse and Lactation Consultant. She is a graduate of Kennesaw State
University, having graduated with two bachelor’s degrees, one in Biology and one in Nursing. She began
training for her lactation certification at Kennestone Hospital while working in their lactation
department as an RN. Cydni began her nursing journey at Emory Hospital as a cardiac nurse in 2013.
Cydni’s first born arrived in 2012 and had a successful breastfeeding journey. It was when friends and
family started reaching out to her about her journey that she realized she had a passion for helping
families reach their breastfeeding goals. She says that being a part of a family’s breastfeeding journey is
extremely rewarding especially watching a patient over come their struggles.
Cydni has 3 children and loves to bake for her kid’s school and sporting events. She also enjoys sewing
baby blankets and burp cloths for any friends or family expecting a new bundle of joy. When Cydni isn’t
helping families to breastfeed, you can find her on the softball field helping to coach her daughter’s
softball team or possibly eating at her favorite local Mexican restaurant.
Yolanda “Yogi” Akins, IBCLC
Yolanda is a graduate of the Georgia Northwestern Technical College Human Lactation Program.
She performed her student rotation here at LCA and an internship at a local hospital in Rome, Ga.
She is excited about being able to serve the diverse community of Atlanta.
Yolanda is married with 3 children. She was a surgical technologist for over 10 years. After having
children of her own, it was then she realized there were limited resources to assist in her
breastfeeding journeys. Yolanda wanted to be the advocate she missed during her breastfeeding
experiences and sought a new career path as an IBCLC.
When Yolanda is not aiding breastfeeding mothers and babies, you can find her at her children’s
sporting events or breastfeeding her own little one. She also enjoys crafting, vacationing, and good
If you don’t see an available time slot that works for you, please call.
Same Day appointments available by phone call only. Our lactation consultants are ready to help you reach your breastfeeding goals.