Dr. Smillie is an American pediatrician who speaks nationally and internationally about the clinical management of a wide variety of breastfeeding issues.
Board certified by both the American Board of Pediatrics in 1983 and by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners in 1995, she founded in 1996 the first private medical practice in the USA devoted to the specialty of breastfeeding medicine.
She’s been a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics since 1984, and has intermittently served the AAP’s Section on Breastfeeding. In that capacity, she wrote the initial iterations of the AAP’s “Guide to Getting Paid” for pediatricians seeing breastfeeding families, still updated and available on the AAP website.
She’s been a member of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine since 1996, and an ABM Fellow since 2002. She served on their Board for six years and speaks annually at the preconference course, “What Every Physician Should Know about Breastfeeding.”
Dr. Smillie authored a popular video about the innate neurobehaviors that help infants learn to breastfeed, now translated into 6 other languages. She speaks frequently to physicians on the practical management of the clinical problems associated with breastfeeding and lactation—this “organ system they forgot to teach us in medical school,” always stressing the role of the “motherbaby” as a single psychoneurobiological system, and emphasizing the innate instincts underlying both maternal and infant competence.
She values her continuing education from colleagues in the field, the literature, and clinical experience with breastfeeding babies and their mothers.
She’s the proud mother of two truly wonderful people, both breastfed as children, and grandmother of three delightful (and breastfed) grand- and step-grandchildren.