After raising three children as a stay-at-home mother, Dr. Phillips received a Masters degree in Developmental Psychology, became NIDCAP certified as an Infant Developmental Specialist, and then attended medical school at University of California, Davis. She completed her pediatric residency and neonatology fellowship at Loma Linda University Children's Hospital in Loma Linda, CA and is currently an attending neonatologist in the same NICU. Dr. Phillips is also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Her primary areas of interest are maternal-infant attachment, breastfeeding education and support, and developmental protective care of premature infants.


Dr. Phillips’ research on “Analgesic Effects of Breastfeeding or Pacifier Use with Maternal Holding in Term Infants” was published in Ambulatory Pediatrics in 2005 and was included in a 2006 Cochrane Review on the analgesic effects of breastfeeding for procedural pain in neonates. Dr. Phillips also conducted a study, published in the Journal of Perinatology in 2011, that focused on mothers who had quit smoking during or just prior to pregnancy and had newborns admitted to the NICU. The results of the study demonstrated that providing support for maternal-infant bonding during the infant’s NICU stay significantly increased the duration of breastfeeding in the first 8 weeks postpartum and decreased the rate of postpartum smoking relapse.


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