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Ruth Hammer

Ruth specializes in maternal and child health and her passion is for parents and babies! She loves to teach and educate parents, families, staff and students on the importance of breastfeeding, lactation, and psychological health for parents in their breastfeeding journeys and reaching their goals.  


Ruth has been a Registered Nurse (RN) for almost 30 years and received Masters in Nursing (MSN) in 2019.  She has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) for almost 20 years and is active in the local breastfeeding coalition as a board member, and currently representing lactation in a California state nutrition collaborative expert panel specific to supporting NICU babies growth.  She also has international experience working in private lactation while living abroad in Israel for 1 ½ years. 


Ruth's experience before becoming a lactation consultant was as a postpartum nurse. Her lactation consultant experience began in couplet care and her current specialization includes working with sick, fragile, cardiac and premature infants.  Ruth works full time job is in lactation at UC San Diego Health (UCSD) in the NICU after many years working at a children’s hospital.


"Teaching is the beginning of another chapter in my nursing and lactation journey goals and I look forward to this. UCSD is a wonderful place to work and teach!"
- Ruth Hammer