Past Conferences

Breastfeeding and the 3 Cs:  Cannabis, Cancer and Culture
October 18 & 19, 2018
Roseville, CA


CamieGoldhammer, MSW, LICSW, IBCLC
Thomas Hale, R.Ph, PhD
Christine Staricka, BS, IBCLC, RLC, CCE

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


Tongue-tie and Lip-tie:  Breastfeeding and Beyond          October 20, 2017

A Day with Dr. Bobby Ghaheri


Does Breastfeeding Really Matter?          June 9 & 10, 2016

Featuring . . .

Sean Deoni, PhD

Danielle Gauss, IBCLC

M Jane Heinig, PhD, IBCLC

Jane Morton, MD, FABM

Mark Underwood, MD

Topics include . . .

  • Influence 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


May 6 & 7, 2015

Breastfeeding:  California Grown

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.