About Us

Who are we?  The Breastfeeding Specialists of Atlanta!

Lactation Consultants of Atlanta is your breastfeeding home away from home. Dedicated to assisting nursing families reach their breastfeeding goals, Lactation Consultants of Atlanta is Atlanta’s founding private practice having  been the first private lactation practice to open in the Atlanta area. We 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 has helped thousands of mothers and babies.

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Sharon Birdseye, RN, Licensed IBCLC, RLC

Owner/Director of Clinical Operations

Sharon Birdseye is the leading 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.

Sharon has been featured on:

  • CNN
  • 11Alive – link
  • Atlanta Parent Magazine – link
  • fitpregnancy.com – link

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Jana Birdseye, GLC

Office Coordinator/ Director of Corporate Lactation 

Jana graduated with honors from the Georgia Northwestern Technical College Lactation Program in December of 2019. She is scheduled to take her board exam in September of 2020. 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 has been married for 3 years has 2 daughters (one is grown and the other is 5). She also just recently became a Gigi to her grandson. 

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.  

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Heather Markovitch, Licensed IBCLC, RLC

Heather is a licensed International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) who has been supporting parents on their breastfeeding journeys since 2014. She was accredited as a La Leche League Leader (LLLL) in October of 2014 and was certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners in the spring of 2018. Heather believes when provided quality education and continued support, along with clinical care when necessary, families thrive to meet their breastfeeding goals, whether that goal is six weeks or six years. She resides south of Atlanta with her husband and three on-the-go sons. When she can carve out some time for herself, she enjoys scrapbooking, crocheting, and boating.

Heather has experienced life as a working/breastfeeding/pumping mom. Her drive and passion through this has given her the ability to provide parents with encouragement and determination to achieve a positive breastfeeding experience.

Heather is a member of SELCA (South Eastern Lactation Consultants Association) and the Southern Crescent Breastfeeding Coalition based in Henry County.

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Jean Howington, BA, Licensed IBCLC, RLC

Jean is a licensed International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), with a background in parent education and family advocacy and support. She received a Bachelor Degree from Presbyterian College, and studied lactation at Georgia Northwestern Technical College. Jean is also a Better Brains for Babies Community Outreach Educator and an Authorized Facilitator for Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children child sexual abuse awareness and prevention training. Her favorite thing about working with Lactation Consultants of Atlanta is the relaxed, family atmosphere. Jean enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, reading and making soap. She loves anything coffee or chocolate.

Jean is currently a member of the Southeastern Lactation Consultant Association (SELCA) and the United States Lactation Consultant Association (USLCA).

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Melissa Clackum, GLC

Office Assistant 

Melissa is a recent graduate of the Georgia Northwestern Technical College Lactation Program, and will take her board exam in April of 2021. Melissa started with LCA as a student intern, and quickly worked her way into the position of office assistant. Melissa also helps with counseling and education to our breastfeeding families.

Melissa has a passion for breastfeeding and has breastfed all four of her children. She is proud to have been breastfeeding for the past 7 ½ 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 has been married for 11 years, and has 4 amazing children (1 girl, 3 boys) ages 11, 7, 4, and 2. Melissa’s hobbies include gardening, embroidering t-shirts, watching her children’s sports, and watching University of Kentucky basketball. 

Nancy Ilgenfritz, RN, BSN, MN, CPNP, Licensed IBCLC

Nancy has been helping families to breastfeed as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner since 1998. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University and a Masters of Nursing in Child Health from Emory University. She has been in Pediatrics in a variety of capacities for over 30 years. She worked at Egleston as a staff nurse/charge nurse, Scottish Rite as  Supervisor of the Ambulatory Clinic, she was the Coordinator of the State Newborn Screening Program at Emory’s Medical Genetics, and was a Nursing Instructor at Georgia State & Clayton Junior College. She went back to school and became a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in 1998 and worked for Northside Pediatrics for almost 12 years. She saw patients at Good Samaritan as a volunteer for 2 years. She became a CLC in 2015 and has worked with Lactation Consultants of Atlanta for the last year. She is now an IBCLC & licensed in the state of Georgia. She is the proud mother of 3 (now adult) breastfed children. She is passionate about and enjoys children of all ages & stages – especially newborns, new parents, and the magic of breastfeeding. She likes to read, walk, play tennis, travel, and spend time with family & friends.

Kiana Ayers RN, Licensed IBCLC, LCCE

Kiana has a passion for helping families to breastfeed. Along with contracting with LCA, Kiana also works at Amerigroup Community Care of Ga where she has worked hard to incorporate lactation support throughout the company, not only for their members but for the employees as well. Working to help Amerigroup’s members she developed a prenatal breastfeeding program, educational material, breastfeeding assessment forms, and worked hard to ensure that manual breast pumps were made available to all Amerigroup Ga members. Kiana helped to implement the lactation room for the Amerigroup Ga employees. She is an active member of SELCA holding the position of treasure, and she also teaches the 3rd session of Centering pregnancy at Southern Crescent OBGYN. Kiana’s latest adventure has taken her down the path to becoming a child birth educator, recently certifying as a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator. We look forward to helping Kiana grow as an IBCLC and a LCCE. When Kiana can spare a moment from working with all the mama’s and the babies, you’ll find her coming up with all kinds of ideas that may never actually come to pass but she has so much fun imagining they will.

If you don’t see an available time slot that works for you, please call.

Same Day appointments available by phone call only.