Shannon Benefield, RN, IBCLC

Shannon Benefield, RN, IBCLC

Board Certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners.

Shannon has been passionate about supporting mothers through their breastfeeding journey since 2005 after the birth of her own daughter.  As a breastfeeding mother, she joined a La Leche League support group as a way to connect with others sharing this experience.  It was through her own breastfeeding experiences that she discovered her desire to teach, support, and promote breastfeeding.  And it was this passion for helping breastfeeding mothers that led her to a career in nursing and lactation.

She graduated Cum Laude from Kennesaw State University with Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and later obtained an Associate of Science in Nursing from University of North Georgia where she served as class president and graduated with honors.  She obtained certification as a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) in 2008 while working in the Neonatal ICU, which allowed her to help support breastfeeding mothers in that setting.  During this time she also obtained her degree as a Registered Nurse.

Shannon has worked as an RN in both Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care, as well as more extensively as a Lactation Educator at Northside Hospital.  She went on to obtain board certification as an IBCLC in 2015.  Her areas of interest include the special needs of premature babies and babies who are in or coming home from the NICU.  She is a member of both SELCA and ILCA.

Shannon is also passionate about promoting child safety, especially proper use of car seats and has previously held certification as a CPST (Child Passenger Safety Technician) and volunteered with Lanier Child Safety Task Force helping with car seat checks and classes.

Shannon is married and has a precocious 11-year-old daughter, a Weimeraner and gray tabby cat (both rescues).  When she is not at KP or chauffeuring her daughter to her many performing arts activities, Shannon enjoys music, singing, movies, animals, and travel.  She also endeavors to soon learn ballroom dancing and resume her role in rescuing retired racing greyhounds!