2018 Michigan MotherBaby Summit: Zooming In

The 2018 Michigan MotherBaby Summit will be held on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at the Atheneum Suite Hotel, 1000 Brush Avenue, Detroit, MI. Topics to be covered include: a look at how Michigan ranks for infant feeding, rooming-in, supplementation, and the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. Email questions to Bridgitte Cornwall (

Dr. Christina Smillie will deliver the keynote address, “Keep It Simple: What Mother and Babies Already Know, How They Think and Why This Matters.” Dr. Smillie’s bio follows:

Christina M. Smillie, MD, FAAP, IBCLC, FABM

Dr. Smillie is the Medical Director of Breastfeeding Resources in Stratford, Connecticut. When she founded this practice in 1996, it became the first private medical practice devoted to breastfeeding medicine in the United States. In 1971, she received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. She was awarded a MD degree in 1977 from the University of California, Davis and completed her pediatric residency training from 1977-1980 at Waterbury Regional Department of Pediatrics in Waterbury, Connecticut.

Dr. Smillie has been a member of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM) since its inception in 1996, and received ABM Fellow designation in 2002. She served two terms on ABM’s Board of Directors and currently is a member of the Health Advisory Council for La Leche League International.

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

Dr. Smillie speaks nationally and internationally about the clinical management of a wide variety of breastfeeding challenges, always stressing the role of the motherbaby as a single psychoneurobiological system, and emphasizing the innate instincts underlying both maternal and infant competence. She is the author of “Baby-Led Breastfeeding: The Mother Baby Dance.”


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7:00-8:00 am    Check-in/Registration

8:00-8:15 am    Welcome and Introductions (P. Schreck, MD)

8:15-9:15 am     State of the State: A Michigan Breastfeeding Update (B. Philipp, MD)

9:15- 10:25 am  Keep It Simple: What Mothers and Babies Already Know, How They Think and Why It    Matters (C. Smillie, MD)

10:25-10:45 am  Break

10:45-11:15 am  Transporting Hospital Practices into Safety at Home (M. Cyrul)

11:15-12:00 pm  When Change is Hard: Making Change in the Face of Resistance (P. Schreck, MD)

12:00-12:25 pm  Sharing Success #1 (Hospital Representatives)

12:25-1:20 pm    Lunch

1:20-2:45 pm     Conversation Cafe (Moderated by P. Schreck, MD)

2:45-3:10 pm     Sharing Success #2 (Hospital Representatives)

3:10-3:45 pm     Teaching in Thirty: Supplementation (B. Philipp, MD)

3:45                      Evaluations and Adjourn

Background Information

Every maternity hospital in Michigan is encouraged to send a health care team of five members. Ideas for members of the team include: Nurse Manager of Mother Baby, Medical Director of Well Baby, Nurse Manager of Labor and Delivery, Medical Director of Labor and Delivery, Nursing Director of Maternal Child Health Service, Certified Nurse Midwives, Nurse Practitioners, Chief Nursing Officer (CNO), Staff Nurses, Charge Nurses, Quality Improvement Specialists, Clinical Educators. Each team may include one Lactation Consultant. MDs are encouraged to attend and do not count as one of the 5.  Hospitals in Michigan on the Baby-Friendly D3 and D4 Pathway may request that more than 5 members from the hospital be able to attend.

The Summit is supported by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.