Our Founder: Robin Kaplan, M.Ed., IBCLC

Robin Kaplan is an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), frequent media commentator on the topic of breastfeeding, and founding host of The Boob Group, a podcast about breastfeeding hosted on New Mommy Media. She launched the San Diego Breastfeeding Center in 2009 and is an established voice in the parenting world known equally for her knowledge about lactation and her commitment to supporting moms without judging them, a keystone of the SDBFC philosophy.

Robin completed her lactation consultant training and certification at University of California, San Diego. Intimately familiar with all things children and family, she also holds a Masters in Education from UCLA, a multiple-subjects teacher credential from UCLA, and a BA in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to working in the health field, she was an elementary school teacher and a museum educator at the San Diego Museum of Art.

Robin is an active advocate for mothers and their legal right to breastfeed (to get legislative updates, please join our newsletter!).  She is a prolific writer and presenter on breastfeeding topics. She was the founding co-editor of the International Lactation Consultant Association's (ILCA) blog, Lactation Matters, and a regular contributor to ILCA's E-Globe newsletter, and curates The Sanity Spot, SDBFC’s popular blog.  Robin is also the founder of the San Diego Nursing in Public Task Force and a newly appointed Take Action Ambassador for Best for Babes.

Robin offers in-person consultations for mothers in San Diego and throughout the world (via Skype), and teaches workshops throughout San Diego County, including UCSD hospital, UCSD campus, and The Birth Education Center of San Diego.  She enjoys working with families of all shapes and sizes, and SDBFC coaches birth mothers, as well as adoptive parents and lesbian partners, by offering education about induced lactation.

Robin lives in San Diego, CA with her two sons, Benjamin and Ryan, and their dog, Tilly. She loves cooking, traveling, hiking, going to the beach, social media, and teaching. 

Robin’s Story: In 2005, I entered the full-time “profession” of motherhood. My son, Benjamin, was born in July 2005 and I knew that I wanted to breastfeed him. After 19 hours of labor, 2 ½ hours of pushing, and multiple bags of fluids, Benjamin and I did not get off to a great start with breastfeeding. After 4 days of frustration, I called a lactation consultant and had her come to my home to assess what I was and was not doing. After 90 minutes of supportive advice and guidance, Benjamin was latching and eating and I felt relieved and empowered. Fifteen months later, my LC returned to my home to assist me with breastfeeding Ryan, my new baby boy. Again, after the consultation I felt like a new woman…confident, relaxed, and empowered. This confidence continued even through infant reflux, an over-active letdown, persistent crying, and returning to work full time.

In 2008 I decided I wanted to help new moms feel confident and empowered, just as I had felt after my LC visited my home. As new moms, we are fragile, overwhelmed, and hormonal. Any difficulty can seem like an insurmountable task.

Yet, the assistance from a kind individual can empower us to successfully defeat any challenge. My hope is that I can provide that same compassionate, non-judgmental care for my new moms so that they will feel empowered in their ability to breastfeed.

To contact Robin about a consultation, please call 619-606-2211.

To request a media interview with Robin about breastfeeding, breastfeeding legislation, breastfeeding in public, or other issues affecting young mothers, please email her at robinkaplan@sdbfc.com

Robin's Presentations

Lactation Consultants in Private Practice ConferenceCreating Basic YouTube Videos for Breastfeeding Mothers, 2015

San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition meetingConnecting to Breastfeeding Moms through Social Media, 2014

Lactation Consultants in Private PracticeSocMed, So What?, 2014 

Praeclarus Press Webinar: Unlocking the Secrets of the Virtual Breastfeeding Culture2013

United States Lactation Consultant Association Conference: Today’s Mothers are All Thumbs: Using Social Media and Blogging, 2013

Your Natural Baby FairManaging Speed-bumps Along Your Breastfeeding Path, 2013

Lactation Consultants in Private Practice ConferenceConnecting to Breastfeeding Mothers Through Blogging, 2013

San Diego Birth Network: Laid Back Breastfeeding, 2012

Moms in Business Unite Conference: Getting Your Message Noticed Using Social Media, 2011

Articles By and About Robin Kaplan

Lactation Matters: Breastfeeding in Public: When Did It Become So Controversial?, 2013 http://lactationmatters.org/2013/01/17/nursing-in-public-when-did-it-become-so-controversial/

Birth Swell: Blogging Tips for 2013: Interview with Robin Kaplan http://birthswell.com/blogging-tips-for-2013-interview-with-robin-kaplan/

Lactation Matters: Why Beyonce Nursing in Public is So Significant. 2012 http://lactationmatters.org/2012/03/13/why-beyonce-nursing-in-public-is-so-significant/

Lactation Matters: New Opportunities for Supporting Breastfeeding Mothers: The Boob Group Podcasthttp://lactationmatters.org/2012/09/27/new-opportunities-for-supporting-breastfeeding-mothers-the-boob-group-podcast/

La Mesa Courier: Overcoming Obstacles in Breastfeedinghttp://scoopsandiego.com/la_mesa_courier/local_news/overcoming-obstacles-in-breastfeeding/article_e48b77d8-c104-11e1-bd19-001a4bcf6878.html

Robin's Television Segments

Fox 5 San Diego News: Breastfeeding in Public:  http://landing.newsinc.com/shared/video.html?freewheel=91059&sitesection=kswb&VID=24461244