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Necessity is the

mother of invention.

At Healthy Horizons, we live

these words every day.

Sheila Dukas-Janakos

Co-Founder and CEO, IBCLC

Our mission.

We empower breastfeeding mothers and new parents at work and at home. Since Healthy Horizons was founded 30 years ago, we have supported 100,000+ families with expertise and love. 


You will find our Mother’s Rooms in Fortune 500 companies and startups, across 100+ cities throughout the US and Canada. Our breastfeeding centers have kept families and babies happy and healthy in California's Bay Area communities since 1991.

Cassi Janakos

Co-Founder and COO


How it all started. And why we dream big.

Get acquainted with Sheila and Cassi, the mother-daughter powerhouse at the helm of Healthy Horizons.

Introducing Sheila,

breastfeeding pioneer.

Discouraged by her doctor from breastfeeding during her first pregnancy and lacking lactation support during her second pregnancy, Sheila Dukas-Janakos became determined to empower new mothers. Healthy Horizons was borne 30 years ago out of a desire to provide general information and counseling to women on nutrition, human sexuality, health, and general breastfeeding support. Sheila is affectionately known as the “The Milk Fairy Godmother” to many families. 

Meet Cassi, workplace lactation innovator.

Cassi Janakos is an engineer, designer, and serial problem-solver. Cassi leverages her experience in product management, leadership coaching, and design to transform how companies ease the transition of new moms returning to work. After seeing women engineers who were new mothers abandoning careers they loved due to lack of support at work, Cassi left her own engineering job to co-found Healthy Horizons Corporate Lactation Services. On improving working mothers’ lives, Cassi says: "No mother should feel forced to choose between her career and her little one. Our purpose is to make sure the workplace support moms need is available.”

Cassi Janakos

Cassi Janakos is an engineer, designer and serial problem solver leveraging her experience in product manager, leadership coaching and design to make disruptive changes in how companies ease the transition of new moms returning to work. After seeing women engineers leave a career they are passionate about after having a baby because of lack of support at work, Cassi left her engineering job to co-found the Healthy Horizons Corporate Lactation Services to change this. Cassi says “No mother should feel forced to choose between her career and her little one, our purpose is to make sure the workplace support moms need is available.”

Our History

It all started with wanting to ensure that other lactating women didn’t have to visit 13 doctors, all providing different advice, to get the necessary information and support. Her lifelong interest in all things public health, desire to educate the public (graduate thesis on working and breastfeeding), experiences with lack of support for breastfeeding and being a working mother led Sheila Janakos to found Healthy Horizons in 1991.
Since its inception Healthy Horizons has focused on helping all women with their breastfeeding goals, and to guide them finding ways to successfully combine breastfeeding with their school and work goals. After countless years of working with moms, Sheila identified a need for full-service breastfeeding centers. These breastfeeding centers were the first of their kind to offer good quality breastpumps, products along with in-depth education and support. 30 years later Sheila is still in contact with some of the original families, and is affectionately known as “The Milk Fairy Godmother” to many in the Bay Area.
As with every good business, you must continue to evolve. Evolution is what led Healthy Horizons to create industry leading and defining Corporate Lactation Support Programs. The corporate lactation support programs really grew out of a grassroots effort. New mothers had increased knowledge that they deserved breastfeeding support and accommodations at work and school. It was from the realization that women were stopping breastfeeding prematurely because of work conditions surrounding lactation accommodations. Moms and business started reaching out and this was the genesis of such a program. We were first to market with this concept and were able to forge a truly innovative business that was driven by breastfeeding mothers' desire to provide milk for their babies in a safe clean environment with state of the art equipment and supplies. Along with up to date relevant and practical breastfeeding education and support.
Over the next 30 years, Healthy Horizons will continue to provide innovative and industry leading care. And will continue to keep this quote at the forefront of our business model.

Hello, team!

Our lactation and parenting consultants are equipped with international board certifications, technical training — and tons of experience as loving moms, dads, and baby whisperers. Breastfeeding consultations are with healthcare professionals credentialed as International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants® (IBCLC®). They specialize in the clinical management of breastfeeding, and are experts in the fields of human lactation and breastfeeding counseling.


Book your private lactation consultation.

Sheila Dukas-Janakos

MPH, IBCLC, LE, RLC

Maggie K.

BS, IBCLC, CLE

Jessica H.

RN, MS, IBCLC

Philline B.

RN, MSN, IBCLC

Filipino (Tagalog) & English

Tine H.

IBCLC

German & English

Elaine T.

BS, IBCLC, CLE

Mandarin, Cantonese & English

Susan M.

RN, MPH, IBCLC

Spanish & English

Parenting wellness journey.

Our knowledgeable health professionals counsel breastfeeding families on a broad range of needs to help parents and babies thrive.


Perhaps you are a new mom planning for a return to work. You may be parents with questions about infant nutrition and health. 


Book an appointment with our parenting consultants to guide you in tailoring your wellness regimen.



Our work is immensely rewarding.

We are also deeply grateful for the accolades. 

Esteemed U.S. and international organizations have recognized Healthy Horizons

for excellence in community service, women's health advocacy, and entrepreneurial innovation.

BreastfeedingCenter@hh-bc.com

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