2018 Massachusetts MotherBaby Summit #10: Cut a Cake!

The 2018 Massachusetts MotherBaby Summit will be held on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA. Topics to be covered include: Baby-Led Latching, Rooming-in, Supplementation, and the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.

Guest faculty include Dr. Christina M. Smillie, speaking on, “Keep It Simple: What Mothers and Babies Already Know, How They Think, and Why This Matters,” and Dr. Paula K. Schreck, discussing, “Where, exactly am I going? Rooming-In from the Baby’s Perspective.”

Registration to the Summit closed on April 11, 2018 due to an overwhelming response of interest. We have a full house. Questions? Contact Abby, the Conference Coordinator, at

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 Advisor 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 systam, and emphasizing the innate instincts underlying both maternal and infant competence. She is the author of “Baby-Led Breastfeeding: The Mother Baby Dance.”

Paula K. Schreck, MD, IBCLC, FABM

To celebrate a decade of Summits in Massachusetts, Dr. Paula Schreck, a Summit favorite speaker, will return to talk about rooming-in, looking at it from the baby’s perspective. Dr. Schreck is the Breastfeeding Coordinator of the St.  John Providence Health System. She is also the creator and medical director of the St. John Mother Nurture Project, a W. K. Kellogg Foundation-supported innovative and far-reaching breastfeeding initiative that spans her urban hospital and the surrounding community and the creator of the Mother Nurture Lactation College, a unique lactation consultant-training program for minority women. Dr. Schreck is the architect and medical director for a new Michigan hospital Baby-Friendly collaborative called Jumpstart to Baby-Friendly.

Dr. Schreck graduated with honors from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Physiology. She received her medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School, graduating cum laude, and completed her pediatric residency training at the University of California, San Diego.


7:15-8:15 am   Check-in/Registration

8:15-8:25 am   Welcome and Introductions

8:25-9:20 am   Breastfeeding State of the State: What’s Up in Massachusetts?   Barbara L. Philipp, MD

9:20-10:30 am  Keep It Simple: What Mothers and Babies Already Know, How They Think, and Why This Matters  Christina M. Smillie, MD

10:30-10:50 am   Break

10:50-11:50 am   “Where, exactly, am I going?” Rooming-In from the Baby’s Perspective  Paula K. Schreck, MD

11:50-12:10 pm   Sharing Success #1  Mary Ellen Boisvert, MSN, Moderator

12:10-12:30 pm  Sharing Success #2  Mary Ellen Boisvert, MSN, Moderator

12:30-1:25 pm   Lunch

1:25-2:50 pm   Conversation Cafe   Mary Ellen Boisvert, MSN, Moderator

2:50-3:10 pm   Sharing Success #3  Mary Ellen Boisvert, MSN, Moderator

3:10 – 4:00 pm  Supplementation: Bridging the Gap  Barbara L. Philipp, MD

4:00  Evaluations and Adjourn

Approval is confirmed for CERPs, CMEs and CEUs. (Regarding CEUs, ANA Massachusetts is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.)

Background Information

Every maternity hospital in MA 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 Massachusetts 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.