M.Ed., IBCLC, Founder and CEO of san diego breastfeeding center
Robin Kaplan is an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), frequent media commentator on the topic of breastfeeding, and author of the book, Latch: A Handbook for Breastfeeding with Confidence at Every Stage. 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 breastfeeding parents 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 offers in-person consultations for families in San Diego and throughout the world (via online). 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 dogs, Ellie and Luna. She loves cooking, traveling, hiking, going to the beach, social media, and teaching.
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.