Who are we? The Breastfeeding Specialists of Atlanta!
Lactation Consultants of Atlanta was the first private practice in the Atlanta area. More importantly, we are dedicated to assisting nursing mothers, their babies and their families to help breastfeeding become an easy and successful experience.
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.
Sharon Birdseye, RN, Licensed IBCLC, RLC
Sharon Birdseye is the leading breastfeeding specialist in Atlanta. She has been providing lactation services 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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Molly Parker, Licensed IBCLC, RLC
Molly has been supporting breastfeeding families in the Atlanta area as a La Leche League leader since 2007. She certified as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 2011, licensed in the state of Georgia and holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Centre College. She is a mother to three young breastfed daughters and an adult foster daughter. She is passionate about empowering new parents through their transition into parenthood and supporting them along their journey. Molly has a special interest in working with returning-to-work breastfeeding parents. In her personal life, Molly enjoys being a Girl Scout leader and hiking & backpacking in the North Georgia mountains.
Nancy Ilgenfritz, RN, BSN, MN, CPNP, Licensed IBCLC
Nancy has been supporting breastfeeding moms & babies 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.
Beth Brice, Licensed IBCLC, RLC
Beth has been working with breastfeeding families since 2007. She is the mother of 5 previously breastfed children, including a set of twins. In 2009, Beth certified as an IBCLC Lactation Consultant. In 2014, she recertified with educational hours. Beth also has received the certification of Advanced Lactation Consultant by the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice. Beth has a passion for providing education to breastfeeding families as well as Health Care providers. She is certified to teach the required 20-hour curriculum for maternity staff as part of The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, Ten Steps To Successful Breastfeeding. Beth holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Maternal Child Health and has the wonderful opportunity to support breastfeeding families in a birthing hospital, outpatient clinic, children’s hospitals and in homes. Her wide range of experience has allowed for a greater understand of the uniqueness of each breastfeeding relationship.
Kiana Ayers RN, Lic. IBCLC, LCCE
Kiana has a passion for helping moms and babies with breastfeeding. 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.
Deitra Gilbert, RN, Licensed IBCLC
Deitra is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Nursing in Washington D.C. and has over 20 years’ experience as a pediatric nurse with 15 years dedicated to well newborn care and lactation education. After many years working in the field of pediatrics and newborn care, she came to the realization that she had a love for educating parents and making sure that babies got the best nutritional start in life. This led to Deitra pursing continued education in lactation and helping families with breastfeeding. Deitra states that obtaining her IBCLC has been the most rewarding endeavor accomplished in her entire nursing career.
Deitra has been working with LCA since the beginning of 2019 and loves working with the families and helping them during a very critical but exciting time and believes that nurturing new life can be an exciting and a challenging experience. “Working with LCA, I get to help families make positive and rewarding adjustments to parenthood. Empowering parents with knowledge and reassurance that what they are experiencing is a normal process. Seeing a parent “get it” brings such joy to my heart and confirms I’m doing what I was called to do.”
When Dieitra is not busy helping our LCA families you can find her spending time with her family, she enjoys entertaining, traveling and reading. Deitra is happily married and has two adult children.
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.