Sheila Janakos, MPH, IBCLC, LE, RLC

CEO and Founder of Healthy Horizons


Sheila has 30 years of experience in providing breastfeeding guidance and education. She has her Masters of Public Health in Public Health Education from San Jose State University and a Bachelors of Science in Community Health Education from San Francisco State University. She is an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant and a Certified Lactation Educator.

 

Sheila is dedicated to supporting mothers at home and in their careers. She is passionate about helping all the families she works with in creating health and wellness on all levels. Her belief is that if we can get babies off to the right start, by bonding with parents instantly after birth and having the opportunity to breastfeed, we can create a healthier and safer world for our little ones to grow up in.

 

Experience

  • Chief Executive Officer, Healthy Horizons Corporate Lactation, 2014-Present

  • Chief Executive Officer, Healthy Horizons Breastfeeding Centers, 1990-Present

  • Co-Founder and President, Healthy Horizons Lactation Services at Mills-Peninsula Hospital, 1995-2015

  • Region Breastfeeding Lead, California WIC (Women, Infant, and Children), 2010-2014

  • Radio Host, Babies and Beyond Voice America Radio Show, 2004 -2007

  • Expert Consultant for the Maternal and Child Branch, Terma Foundation (Tibet Child Nutrition Project), 2000-2003

  • Clinical Lactation Consultant, California Pacific Medical Center Perinatal Education and Lactation Center, 1998-2000

  • Head Lactation Educator and Consultant, Seton Medical Center's Mother and Infant Wellness Program, 1995-2002

  • Invited Speaker, 32 Conferences, Trainings and Summit, 1989-2014

  • Expert Advisor, Nursing Mothers Counsel and Le Leche League, 1989 -1996

 

Community Leadership and Involvement

  • Vice President, Bay Area Lactation Consultants Association, 2013-2017

  • Committee Member, Mills-Peninsula Medical Center's Baby Friendly Hospital Committee, 2013-2015

  • Chair, San Mateo Breastfeeding Advisory Task Force, 2013 -2014

  • Published “Comprehensive Lactation Education and Support Services Program Improves Patient Satisfaction and Prolongs Breastfeeding Duration,” Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Newsletter, 2002

  • Member, International Lactation Consultants Association, 1996-Present

  • Members, Mothers Milk Bank of San Jose, 1994-2007

  • Member, San Mateo Breastfeeding Advisory Task Force, 1990-Present

  • Invited Speaker, College of San Mateo and Skyline College, 1990-2010

  • Affiliate Member and Speaker, Nursing Mothers Counsel 1989-Present

  • Past Executive Board Member, Society for Public Health Education, 1984-1987

 

Awards and Honors

  • C-Suite Awards, Silicon Valley Business Journal, 2019

  • Silicon Valley Women of Influence, 2018

  • Certificate of Recognition, United States Congress, Presented by Congresswoman Jackie Speier, 2015

  • Commendation, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, Presented by Board of Supervisors Member Don Horsley, 2015

  • Featured in the October 2011 Edition of Bay Area Parenting Magazine, 2011

 

Education

  • Masters of Public Health (MPH) in Public Health Education, San Jose State University, 1993

  • Graduate Certificate in Applied Social Gerontology, San Jose State University, 1993

  • Bachelors of Science in Community Health Education, San Francisco State University, 1987

  • Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and a Certified Lactation Educator (CLE/LE)

  • Registered Lactation Consultant (RLC)