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. To fins out where Melissa will be speaking next or details on Melissa’s professional presentations and speaking options, check out our page on 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:

“I flew across the country to attend Melissa’s tongue and lip tie course. I had taken such classes with other ankyloglossia experts, but Melissa’s material and opportunities for hands-on assessment practice far surpassed what I’d heard and done before. The information shared and discussed during class was extremely detailed and comprehensive. The small-group format allowed me to ask very specific questions and receive one-on-one feedback. I returned to my private practice as an IBCLC much more confident in my own skills and with vastly more knowledge.” N.G – IBCLC, 2017 tongue tie workshop attendee

“Two days of intense learning on 1. Assessment 2. Functional Release 3. Aftercare 4. Oralmotor Therapy. Melissa Cole, IBCLC, RLC came down from Portland, OR for in office training. She provided the breastfeeding community in Eugene/Springfield with great support and knowledge. Eight providers attended the “Lunch and Learn”. Day 1, we evaluated and treated 6 infants…Day 2, we evaluated and treated 8 infants. AMAZING RESULTS!! She is worth her weight in GOLD!! Awesome learning opportunity to keep improving what we do, which is help Infants latch, transfer milk, and no doubt improve craniomandibular development! I highly recommend her for anyone wanting to improve their skill. I hope to bring her down again in Spring of 2018.”, Ben A. Sutter, DMD, 2017

“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, MS, IBCLC 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.

Professional Development and Consulting Services

Melissa Cole enjoys helping other clinicians and practice grow and thrive. She has provided clinical and business consulting services for a variety of practices. She specializes in helping clinics implement excellent support strategies for infants, especially in the context of assessing for and treating tongue and lip tie. She had collaborated with dentists, physicians and others that wish to provide optimal care before, during and after frenectomy. From the business side (charting, EMR templates, work flow, etc) to patient care (assessment, compassionate treatment, aftercare, etc) and beyond – Melissa strives to share her knowledge and skills with other clinicians and practices.

For IBCLCs – 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 over a decade and has run other small businesses before that. She has an 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