Professional Development and Consulting Services

Clinical Consultations – Melissa Cole enjoys helping other clinicians 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 to help others improve their level of care. Please contact us for more information and for consultation fees.

Business Consultations 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. We offer phone consultations for IBCLCs and providers wishing to optimize their lactation skills and related business practices.  Click here to schedule your phone business consultation.

Professional Herbal Consultations – Do you work with families coping with lactation, postpartum and wellness concerns that want to utilize herbal medicine into their routine? Melissa Cole can professionally advise you on herbal selection and safety for your clients. Melissa will read through their health history, cross check potential herb-medication interactions, and provide personalized herbal suggestions for you to share with your client. Melissa’s master’s degree is in therapeutic herbalism. As an IBCLC and clinical herbalist, Melissa has a deep understanding of the challenges your clients face. Whether their concerns may be around milk supply, postpartum mood concerns, infant digestive issues, or beyond, botanical medicine can play a powerful role in your supporting your client’s well-being. Click here to schedule a professional herbal consultation.

Shadowing – Shadowing is a wonderful way to see other clinicians at work and is a valuable learning opportunity. IBCLCs can even earn CERPS from shadowing other IBCLCs. Shadowing and case discussion is $20/hr. Please email us for a shadowing request.


  • Diagnosis and treatment of tethered oral tissues is a glaring gap in pediatric education. Melissa’s experience, knowledge and calm demeanor have been invaluable to me as I work to fill that gap. She is highly professional and collaborative with both providers and patients, and you should jump at any chance you have to work with her.

    Doug Lincoln, MD, MPH, Metropolitan Pediatrics
  • We spent two days of intense learning on 1. Assessment 2. Functional Release 3. Aftercare 4. Oral motor 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….

  • …Melissa Cole is passionate about helping mothers and babies achieve optimum breastfeeding. Sometimes that means coaching or altering positions to help making the transfer of milk more efficient. Other times it might mean referring for a lip and/or tongue tip release with follow up myofunctional retraining. After spending two days with her in my office my confidence has grown in both the evaluation of the ties as well assessment of a proper release. Melissa has my highest possible recommendation for those wanting to increase knowledge in breastfeeding physiology, lip and tongue tie evaluation and even releasing tethered tissues.

    Ben A. Sutter, DMD, Eugene, Oregon
  • Working with Melissa is great! She's very informative and thorough. I feel much more comfortable working on infants after our training. Thanks Melissa!

    Kelcey Parrot, DDS, Abbeville Dentistry, Lubbock, TX
  • Having Melissa impart her knowledge on tethered oral tissue, to my staff and healthcare professionals in our community, was invaluable.  Her insight sparked interest and communication within our group, that will definitely help us all serve the needs of our growing families.  We are very grateful to have met her and look forward to our ongoing relationship.

    Bernadette Delumpa, DDS, Smilebrite Dentistry, Valpariso, IN
  • The educational event and consulting time were fantastic and helpful! Thank you so much for everything!!!

    Shari Carroll, DDS, Shari Carroll Pediatric Dentistry, Redondo Beach, CA
  • Love working with Melissa. She is professional but approachable, knowledgeable, and communicates promptly to answer my questions. Would highly recommend!

    S.T. – IBCLC (professional herbal consultation client)
  • I have just watched your wonderful presentation on Gold and loved the learning of infant pain compartmentalized as you did. I will definitely be sharing your info, and again thank you for an incredibly informative and well presented webinar.

    C. G-L. RN, RM, IBCLC
  • I really enjoyed Melissa’s knowledge.  She was more science based than any other IBCLC I’ve listened to. I liked that she suggests that not all babies or all moms fit into one category and we should tailor our intervention to the individual.

    Conference Participant
  • Amazing public speaker, great presentation with informative images and videos.

    Conference Participant