Announcing Our Spring 2018 Conference


We’re excited to announce our Spring, 2018 conference

Breastfeeding: What’s New, How To
April 19 & 20, 2018


Melissa Cole, MS, IBCLC, RLC
Laurel Wilson, IBCLC, CLE, CLD, CCCE, BSc

Topics include:
A Gentle Touch: Breastfeeding After Cesarean
Bodywork: Another Resource for Breastfeeding Support
Hold the Phone! Diet Does Matter During Breastfeeding
The Impact of Social Media on New Mothers
New Thoughts on Infant Post-Frenotomy Care
The Science of the Mother-Baby Bond
Uncomfortable and Unhappy: Common Infant Digestive Concerns
When the Basics aren’t Enough — Support Strategies

11.5 CEUs/CERPs
CA BRN Provider #16182

Save the Date!


Please excuse the typos on the conference flyer you may have received.  Our Fall event is ONE DAY ONLY.  Correct information, including registration, pricing, CEUs, etc., is on this website.

Tongue-tie and Lip-tie:  Breastfeeding and Beyond

A Day with Dr. Bobby Ghaheri

October 20, 2017

The conference will be held at Valley Springs Church, Roseville, CA
Registration now open!

Newly added — Fall Conference!


Join us for our Fall Conference!

Practical and Ethical Issues in Lactation

September 8 & 9, 2016           Valley Springs Church          Roseville, CA

Featured speakers:

Elizabeth Brooks, JD, IBCLC, FILCA

Jennifer Thomas, MD

Topics include:

  • Birth Weight, Bilirubin, and Blood Sugar: What Do the Numbers Mean for Newborn Care?
  • Breastfeeding and Epigenetics
  • Electronic Ethics! From Health Records to File Sharing: How to Avoid Getting Shocked
  • Human Milk Sharing, Selling and Donation:  Legal and Ethical Angles
  • Legal and Custody Issues in Lactation
  • Maternal Obesity and Breastfeeding
  • Using a Physiologic Approach to Help Mothers with Low Milk Supply.
  • Who’s Your Daddy, Mommy, Surrogate or Donor?  Modern Families, Lactation Ethics and the Law


Does Breastfeeding Really Matter?


June 9 & 10, 2016

Valley Springs Church                  2401 Olympus Drive                    Roseville, CA   95661

Featuring . . .

Sean Deoni, PhD

Danielle Gauss, IBCLC

M Jane Heinig, PhD, IBCLC

Jane Morton, MD, FABM

Mark Underwood, MD

Topics include . . .

  • Influencet of Feeding Practices on Brain Development
  • Human Milk and Gut Microbiota
  • Protecting a Fragile Population: Human milk in the NICU
  • Beyond Baby Friendly
  • The ABCs of Improved Bedside Care
  • Bridging the Gap — Continuity of Breastfeeding Support
  • Understanding and Addressing Acute Stress Disorder:  Promoting Informed Decision-making in the NICU
  • Tools for Lactation Professionals:  Using Conflict Management Skills to Deal with Ethical Dilemmas



Speaker Sean Deoni on breastfeeding and brain development

A study using brain images from “quiet” MRI machines adds to the growing body of evidence that breastfeeding improves brain development in infants. Breastfeeding alone produced better brain development than a combination of breastfeeding and formula, which produced better development than formula alone.

Breastfeeding: California Grown

Annual Educational Conference

May 6 & 7, 2015

Valley Springs Church
Roseville, CA


Christina Smillie, MD, FAAP, IBCLC, FABM

Dr. SCMSmillie 412x604_0millie is an American pediatrician who founded in 1996 the first private medical practice in the USA devoted to the specialty of breastfeeding medicine.

Board certified by both the American Board of Pediatrics in 1983 and by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners in 1995, she values her continuing education from colleagues, research, and breastfeeding babies and their mothers.

She’s been a member of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine since 1996, and an ABM Fellow since 2002.  She serves as an advisor to the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Breastfeeding and on La Leche League International’s Health Advisory Council.

Dr. Smillie speaks nationally and internationally about the clinical management of a wide variety of breastfeeding issues, always stressing the role of the motherbaby as a single psychoneurobiological system, and emphasizing the innate instincts underlying both maternal and infant competence


Pascal Gagneux, PhD

University of California, San Diego
Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, Division of Comparative    Pathology and Medicine
Associate Director, Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA)

Dr. Gagneux is interested in the molecular diversity of primates and is fascinated with the biology of sugar molecules that cover the living cells of every organism.  These sugar molecules form the interface between us and the microbial world, as microbes use our sugar molecules to attach and invade our bodies.  Human milk is especially rich in different sugar molecules and the reasons for this are only starting to be appreciated.

Many of these milk oligosaccharides may act as prebiotics, i.e. they are not metabolized in the small intestine and reach the distal digestive tract where become substrate supporting the infant gut flora. They may also act as efficient “pathogen blocks” by blocking pathogenic microbes from attaching and invading the infant gut.


Application has been made for 11 contact hours for CA BRN and  CERPs through IBLCE

Conference Schedule

Does Breastfeeding Really Matter?

June 9 & 10, 2016

Valley Springs Church              2401 Olympus Drive                    Roseville, CA     95661


Sean Deoni, PhD                      Danielle Gauss, IBCLC

M Jane Heinig, PhD, IBCLC    Jane Morton, MD, FABM

Mark Underwood, MD


Topics include:

Impact of feeding practices on brain development

Human Milk and Gut Microbiota

Protecting a Fragile Population: Human milk in the NICU

Beyond Baby Friendly

Bedside Care for Low and High Risk Infants

Bridging the Gap — Continuity of Breastfeeding Support


Detailed schedule coming soon!