For Health Professionals

Providing evidence-based, cutting edge lactation education for health care and birth professionals is something Luna Lactation is passionate about. The field of lactation is constantly exploding with new research and care strategies. It is paramount that birth and health care professionals keep up-to-date with their lactation knowledge so they can best serve the families they support.

Our workshops, conferences and speaking engagements are always well received, evidence-based and cutting-edge. Please contact Luna Lactation with any inquiries. To learn about upcoming classes and workshops, you can subscribe to our newsletter, follow us on Facebook or visit our web site frequently. We have on-going education opportunities available and are also happy to arrange customized in-services, trainings or lectures for your group. Details on Melissa’s professional presentations and speaking options are online at LactSpeak.


UPCOMING EVENTS

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Lactation Intensive Workshop for Birth and Health Professionals

Presented by Melissa Cole, IBCLC, RLC

Course Description: A two-day intensive workshop designed for birth professionals and those involved in the maternal-infant health community. The course is designed to update and enrich the professional’s understanding of lactation issues and provide strategies useful in assisting the breastfeeding dyad. Topics to be covered include: lactation concerns in pregnancy/birth/early postpartum, new thoughts on positioning and latch, milk supply and supplementation issues, maternal nipple pain, holistic lactation care ideas, gut and digestive health, tongue/lip tie, structural/respiratory issues that impact feeding and more. This workshop will present the most current updates in the field of lactation, allow time for case study review and provide attendees will receive ample resources that they can apply to their own practice.

The presenter, Melissa Cole, is a well-respected lactation consultant and clinical instructor in the Portland area.  One of Melissa’s goals is to increase the standard of lactation care amongst allied health care providers and foster awareness regarding key clinical issues.

Light snacks provided both days. Class size will be kept small so please register early.

COURSE LOCATION: Luna Lactation’s NW PDX office, details will be sent with registration.

We hope you will consider joining us for an exciting and enriching weekend!

 *10 L-CERPS approved by IBLCE, 10 hr CEUs to be applied for through Oregon Midwifery Council

* The hours from this workshop are accepted by DONA and other doula-certifying agencies, OR chiropractors and naturopaths have also been able to use CEUs from this course in the past.

Upcoming Dates:

December 2-3, 2017 Registration Open

Cost: Registration: $275 (early bird $250 by 3/15/17), IBLCE CERPS included, 10-L hours, Oregon Midwifery Council CEUs $10 extra.


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Herbal Support for Lactation and Infants

Presented by Melissa Cole, IBCLC, RLC

July 15-16, 2017 10am-4pm

Course Description: A two-day intensive workshop designed for birth and health professionals and those involved in the maternal-infant health community. The course is designed to enrich the professional’s understanding of how herbs can be used for lactation and infant issues. Plant medicine around the world has traditionally been an important part of postpartum care for mothers and babies. In this workshop, we will cover herbal care strategies for maternal issues such as milk supply concerns, breast and nipple care ideas (engorgement, mastitis, sore/damaged nipples, etc). We will also discuss herbal support for infant issues such as digestive problems (colic, reflux, etc), teething, immune support, sleep, and more. The workshop will cover herbal safety, contraindications, dosing, preparation techniques, and local resources. In addition to case studies and some in-depth learning we will save some time for some hands-on practice and taste-testing some herbal goodies!

The presenter, Melissa Cole, is a well-respected lactation consultant and clinical herbalist in the Portland area.  One of Melissa’s goals is to increase the standard of lactation care and botanical knowledge amongst allied health care providers. We hope you’ll join us in a wonderful weekend of collaborative learning!

Light snacks provided both days. Class size will be kept small so please register early.

COURSE LOCATION: Luna Lactation’s NW PDX office, details will be sent with registration.

*9 L-CERPS (CEUs) will be applied for both IBLCE and Oregon Midwifery Council

* The hours from our workshops are usually accepted by DONA and other doula-certifying agencies, Oregon chiropractors and naturopaths have also been able to use our CEUs in the past but we can’t guarantee all certifying boards will.

Upcoming Dates:

7/15-7/16, 2017 REGISTER HERE

Cost: Registration: $275 (early bird $250), IBLCE CERPS if approved will be included, Oregon Midwifery Council CEUs if approved will be $10 extra.


 

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Tongue and Lip Tie: A Comprehensive Approach to Assessment and Care

“Tongue-tie” has become quite a buzz word in some circles and is still quite unknown in others.  Tongue and lip tie can cause causing restrictions in oral movement that can cause significant difficulty with breastfeeding and, in some instances, other health concerns like dental, digestive and speech issues.  Melissa will present on tongue and lip tie including related health concerns, assessment and treatment strategies and aftercare. This workshop is excellent for anyone that clinically assesses infants, works with feeding issues, and/or provides lactation care. We will have hands-on time evaluating oral anatomy and function, review case studies, watch video and have plenty of time for in-depth discussion. We hope you can join us for an in depth weekend of tongue and lip tie related learning!

Note: Melissa is a long-time member of several tongue tie professional groups and organizations.  She has been working for years to increase awareness and professional standards around the topic of oral restrictions such as ankyloglossia.  While tongue and lip tie issues have been somewhat of a hot topic in recent years, there is much more to the subject that needs to be discussed.  Proper evaluation techniques, understanding oral anatomy and pre-post frenotomy support is vital for healthcare professionals to take their knowledge about tongue and lip tie to the next level.

Workshop objectives

After this presentation,learners will be able to:

  • Identify and assess restrictions of the lingual and labial frenulum in babies
  • Identify unique issues and implement targeted care strategies for dyads pre and post frenotomy
  • Understand the collaboration and team work involved when dealing with oral restrictions
  • Identify community resources and advocacy issues regarding tongue and lip tie concerns
  • Implement care for the dyad that is unique to the HCPs health care profession and SOP

Light snacks provided both days. Class size will be kept small so please register early.

COURSE LOCATION: Luna Lactation’s NW PDX office, details will be sent with registration.

*10 hours of L-CERPS (CEUs) will be applied for both IBLCE and Oregon Midwifery Council

* The hours from our workshops are usually accepted by DONA and other doula-certifying agencies, Oregon chiropractors and naturopaths have also been able to use our CEUs in the past but we can’t guarantee all certifying boards will.

If you are coming in from out of town there are several close hotels (Silver Cloud Inn, Northtrup Inn, Holiday Inn) and plenty of shops, stores and restaurants in the area all within walking distance.

Upcoming Dates:

Register here:

August 12-13, 2017 (This class is currently full. Please email us to be on a wait list)

March 24-25, 2018 REGISTRATION OPEN

 

Cost: Registration: $300 (early bird $275), IBLCE CERPS if approved will be included, Oregon Midwifery Council CEUs if approved will be $10 extra.


FEEDBACK

Our workshop participants have provided excellent feedback about courses for professionals:

“What a wonderful group of women. Thank you so much for your enthusiasm and presentation, Melissa. I can’t tell you how grateful I am for your commitment to lactation support and beyond. I am inspired, re-charged and infused with new knowledge. This workshop has made a significant impact on the way that I approach the topic of lactation and breasts feeding with women. Learning how to look at the “whole story”, ask questions, unwind old patterns of thinking and using a more sympathetic language will help me to be an even better doula. Mahalo.”
- C.S.,  Doula

“I really appreciated learning new techniques for latch (i.e letting baby guide). It’s so easy to continue what we were originally taught, since breastfeeding techniques never change, right? Wrong! I’m so glad I was able to hear updates in breastfeeding teaching tools and Melissa had all the latest and greatest info to present. I also appreciated learning how to assess tongue tie, as this wasn’t something I was very familiar with. Thanks again!”
- S.H., Midwife

“Thanks so much, I am appreciating all of the information and marveling at how you were able to give us so much over two days.”
-  Doula, volunteer breastfeeding counselor

“Thanks again for a great course! I got so much out of it, and so much that will be immediately applicable to my work-and that left me wanting to learn more, which I always love.”
- C.C., Doula

“Melissa’s Lactation Intensive for Breastfeeding Professionals brought together a group of focused people from different backgrounds. While bringing our skill and knowledge up to date, she answered our questions with a depth of knowledge and experience that could have filled several more lactation seminars on related subjects. Our discussions were facilitated so that participants learned from situations in each other’s fields. I am glad to know of a lactation consultant with such a breadth of experience from relactation and adoption to initiation and the problems that can arise. Thank you for an enriching experience.”
- J.V. , doula

“Thank you to an amazing lactation specialist, Melissa Cole, of Luna lactation for a wonderful 2 day seminar! Your knowledge and expertise are incredible, and our community is so blessed to have such a knowledgeable provider caring for the needs of moms and babies.” – K.C, Chiropractor


 

PROFESSIONAL OFFERINGS

 


 Professional Speaking Services

Are you in need of a speaker for an upcoming conference or event? Hiring a professional speaker can dramatically improve attendance rates, enhance the educational objectives and optimize the overall event. Melissa Cole, IBCLC, RLC has been passionate about providing comprehensive, holistic lactation care and education to parents and healthcare professionals for over a decade. Melissa enjoys speaking on topics such as: complex feeding cases, infant digestive health, tongue and lip tie, holistic lactation care modalities, herbs and breastfeeding, advanced clinical lactation skills and case studies, lactation after loss, and more. Melissa’s speaking engagements at various conferences and seminars have been well-received by attendees. Details on Melissa’s professional presentations and speaking options are online at Lactspeak. Please contact us for more information on our professional speaking services.

Prenatal Breastfeeding Workshop

Are you a childbirth educator or a provider that works with families in the prenatal period? Luna Lactation is happy to tailor an informational session for your group. Whether you want our lactation consultant to cover some of the basics of breastfeeding in 30 minutes or devote a couple hours to a more in depth workshop, your clients will benefit from the up to date, quality information they receive. Consider inviting Luna Lactation to your next childbirth prep or prenatal class, families succeed best at breastfeeding when they are adequately prepared! Contact us to arrange something for your group. Cost will be dependent on the time and number of participants.

Case Review and Support

Are you an HCP that needs additional support for a particularly challenging feeding case?  Melissa Cole, IBCLC, RLC is happy to provide consultation, case review and mentoring services as needed. Please contact us for details about fee structure and payment arrangements.

Professional Development

Do you need to update your breastfeeding knowledge? Are you studying for the IBLCE exam soon? Luna Lactation can help facilitate private or group study sessions. Please contact us for more information or to make arrangements. Cost will be dependent on the time and number of participants.

Private Practice Development and Consulting

Many lactation consultants are great at lactation consulting but not necessarily great at running a small business. Do you struggle with charting, organization and growing your practice? Melissa has run a successful lactation practice for nearly a decade and has run other small businesses before that. She has a love of the entrepreneurial spirit and loves to see small businesses, especially lactation practices, grow and thrive. If you are considering private practice or would love to grow your practice, please contact us for more information.

 

Thank You Melissa Cole