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, Licensed IBCLC, RLC
Chief Operating Officer / Director of Corporate Lactation
Sitting Vice-President of SELCA
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 is the current sitting vice-president for the SELCA (Southeastern Lactation Consultant Association)
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 mothers breastfeed their babies. She also has a passion for helping the working mom because she had to overcome work struggles in corporate America and is the head of our Corporate Lactation Program.
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 happily married and has two beautiful girls, her youngest daughter is in elementary school and her oldest daughter is grown. She has one toddler 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, Licensed IBCLC, RLC
Melissa is a graduate of the Georgia Northwestern Technical College Lactation Program. Melissa started with LCA as a student intern, while working as an intern she quickly earned the job of office assistant. While working as the office assistant, she finished school and passed her board-exams and then joined the team as one of our consultants. Melissa is now our Office Manager, and one of our top 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.
Patricia Bast, DO, IBCLC
Owner of Doctor Mommy Lactation, LLC
Doctor Patricia Bast graduated from Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Northern
California in 2013. She was a resident at Loma Linda Children’s Hospital in Southern California
to become a pediatric physician. After having her first child in 2016, she quickly gained a love for
breastfeeding, even continuing to breastfeed and tandem feed, through multiple miscarriages and two
more successful pregnancies.
Through her journey to becoming a physician, she came to the realization that there is very little
breastfeeding education provided for a doctor. Dr. Patricia wanted to learn more. In 2021 while
expecting her third child she decided to take the next step and bridge the gap from avid breastfeeding
supporter to becoming an IBCLC. Dr. Bast did her pathway internship with LCA, and shortly after passing
her board certifying exam began the process of starting her lactation business, Doctor Mommy Lactation
LLC. Dr. Bast also manages a website aimed at helping answer parents’ questions about child growth and
development, www.askdoctormommy.com. She has an active life with her wonderful husband and 3
beautiful children, and when she is not working, she enjoys painting, dancing, and visiting beautiful
gardens with her family. She is excited to combine her medical expertise with the breastfeeding
experience of LCA, providing exemplary and comprehensive care to the greater Atlanta area.
Doctor Mommy Lactation, LLC. And Lactation Consultants of Atlanta, INC. are excited to partner
together to bring more comprehensive lactation care to those in need.
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.