2017 Conference Speaker – Christina Smillie

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Christina Smillie, MD, FAAP, IBCLC, FABM

Dr. Smillie is an American pediatrician who in 1996 founded 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 has served on La Leche League International’s Health Advisory Council for over a decade.

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.

Lecture 1 – Breast distress breast refusal oral aversion and total freakout: gentle paths back to the breast

This talk will look at babies who can’t, won’t or don’t take the breast, including why babies can get so upset, why they are not actually “refusing” the breast, and offer a rational and gentle approach that helps these babies get over their distress so they can breastfeed. This approach will help the IBCLC who has tried every technique known, but the baby is still unhappy. The presentation will include history, language and paradigms for looking at breast aversion and utilise case studies for examples.

Lecture 2 – Breastfeeding: What do hands have to do with it?

Too long we’ve focused primarily on the mother’s breasts and the baby’s mouth, forgetting the importance of hands to breastfeeding: to comfortable feeding, comfortable breasts, and easy milk production. We’ll look at how mothers intuitively use their hands on the breasts, whether nursing or pumping, and the different roles of the mother’s hands, the baby’s hands, the midwife’s hands, and the LC’s hands—whose hands belong where, and whose hands are in the way. We’ll also look at how using hands—the mother’s hands, and sometimes the professional’s—can aid in the prevention and treatment of a variety of breastfeeding issues, including both rapid and slow milk production and plugged ducts, as well as help with feeding preemies, twins, etc., and describe
several very different manual techniques for these different situations.