Who We Are


Breastfeeding is hard. Making decisions about infant formula and breast pumps is overwhelming. Navigating anecdotes vs. evidence-based approaches is confusing. Whether during pregnancy or the first months of your baby’s life, we’re here to answer your questions. 

You’ll meet with a highly skilled and trained lactation consultant to provide answers quickly through a secure, online, video-based connection. 



SimpliFed is led and co-founded by Andrea Ippolito, a parent just like all of you. When her daughter was born early, she had trouble producing and her baby was losing weight. She relied on clinicians to help find a pathway forward and wanted to make sure that others had the same opportunity as her, but do so from the convenience of their own home. 

Andrea is a trained biomedical engineer who studied telehealth in the military during her Master’s degree at MIT. Her previous career took her from starting a company to improve access to care for patients by taking the guesswork out of scheduling medical appointments (exit to athenahealth) to public service based out of the White House Office of Science and Tech Policy and Department of Veterans Affairs, and finally to her current career as a faculty member at Cornell University. 



Kathleen has been practicing as a Pediatric Physician Assistant for just over 12 yrs. When moving in to pediatrics lactation became a big part of her care of babies and families. She became a Certified Lactation Counselor and has now been an IBCLC for almost 9 yrs. Lactation support and helping families achieve their goals for feeding has played a significant role in her practice. She has helped to coordinate several lactation conferences as part of her local breastfeeding coalition to provide ongoing learning opportunities and bring various breastfeeding support people together including hospital staff, private lactation consultants, WIC and doulas among others. This has played a large role in providing complete lactation care to those in the area from prenatal through weaning. Kathleen is a graduate of University at Albany, and completed her Physician Assistant degree at LeMoyne College. She lives in upstate NY with her husband and three children. Having breastfed her children and now worked with many families over the years she recognizes that infancy is a time of great joy and each family will make their way on this journey in the way that feels right for them. She is honored to help support and be a part of this journey.



Nina has been a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner for the past 8 years, an International Board Certified Lactation Counselor (IBCLC) for a little more than 5 years, and was a Certified Lactation Counselor for about 3 years prior to that. She works daily to incorporate breastfeeding medicine into primary care. She has helped many families on their breastfeeding journey. Prior to working as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, she worked as a NICU nurse. She is passionate about helping families and realizes there are many ways to ‘breastfeed’ a baby. Nina is a graduate of McGill University, NYU and has a Masters from Rutgers University. She lives in upstate NY with her husband and 3 children, all of whom had different breastfeeding paths.

Connect with our team of lactation consultants in the comfort & safety of your home.