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Highly experienced, board-certified lactation consultant serving the san francisco bay area. Visits are fully reimbursable by Aetna plans.
Home Visits


My services include lactation visits to help with breastfeeding difficulties or concerns at your home. I provide hands-on assistance, help build a feeding plan, educate and answer any questions, and follow up as needed.

I service the Bay area and peninsula, including San Jose, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Palo Alto, Los Altos, Redwood City, San Mateo and more.

Office Visits


I provide lactation services at my home clinic in Los Altos. Please contact me and I'd be happy to schedule an appointment.

Phone Consultations


I am available by phone and email to provide advice and follow up on any home or office visit, and on your treatment plan.

Latching Problems


One of my specialties is dealing with mothers whose babies have trouble latching. With my hands-on techniques most new moms quickly learn proper latching.

Breastfeeding Challenges


Breastfeeding can be a challenge. I am highly skilled at diagnosing and treating issues, whether it's sore nipples, thrush, engorgement or mastitis, and work with you to resolve them.



Breastfeeding twins is quite a challenge. One of my specialties is helping mothers to multiple babies succeed in breastfeeding.

Ilanit Ruppin, Lactation Consultant

I am an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Certified Lactation Educator, a birth Doula, and a mother to small children. I earned my Bachelors degree in Psychology, trained as a doula, and graduated UCSD as a lactation consultant. I have helped thousands of women over the years with their breastfeeding needs, working at the Good Samaritan Hospital, Mills Peninsula Hospital's family birth center and NICU, and presently at O'Connor Hospital. I am a registered Aetna health provider.


"Thanks again for taking the time to explain things to me.  I will never forget your kindness as you were the first person to respond when I needed assistance with latching when my baby was a newborn, and came over in the middle of the night to help.  Me and this community are so lucky to have someone like you."

- Patty, San Jose

"I was lucky when i heard about such a wonderful lactation consultant as Ilanit ! I was most impressed about the high level of professionalism, compassion and the wonderful support I received both in person and over the phone . For me the breastfeeding is the very important way to give my baby what she needs and in spite of difficulties with Ilanit's support i didn't give up. She was always there for me and i felt very secure and slowly by slowly all the problems were solved. If I decide to have another child, I will definitely contact Ilanit again. Thank you!" 
- Irene and Ella, Sunnyvale

"I am a first time mother and I feel lucky to have found Ilanit.  She carefully helped me understand how to latch my baby and really cared about helping me to succeed in breastfeeding.  I will definitely recommend her to my friends."

- S.J., Palo Alto

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