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

4 thoughts on “Breastfeeding: California Grown

    • Thanks for catching that, Elida! Yes, application has been made for 11 L-CERPS and 11 contact hours for CA BRN. I’ve added that information to the bottom of the page.

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