Botanical Medicine for Babies & Lactation

Presented by Melissa Cole, MS, IBCLC

Hosted by East Bay Lactation Associates


  • October 18-19, 2024
  • Location: East Bay Lactation Associates, 1260B 45th St, Emeryville, CA 94608
  • Max attendees: 20
  • Registration Fee: $425 with early bird pricing of $395 until August 15th

Course Description:
This workshop is designed to enrich the health 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 parents and babies. In this workshop, we will cover herbal care strategies for parental issues such as milk supply concerns, perinatal mood concerns, breast/chest and nipple health concerns, and more. Botanical medicine for pediatrics will focus on digestive problems, teething, immune support, and sleep. This course will provide learners with a solid foundation in critical thinking about herbal selection, safety and contraindications, resources for clinical practice and dosing strategies.

The workshop will also take a deeper dive exploring infant digestive health and useful support strategies. We will discuss what’s normal and what’s not regarding stooling, spit up/reflux, colic/fussiness, food sensitivities, and more. Many parents are coping with babies that are uncomfortable and unhappy due to digestive health concerns. Dealing with a fussy, uncomfortable baby is emotionally and physically draining. Having a basic understanding of infant gut health and care strategies can be useful tools for any type of practitioner working with infants.

The workshop size will be kept small so that learners can really immerse themselves into the topics and material. Case studies, group discussions, and perhaps some hands-on work with herbs, will all be a part of this amazing two-day experience!

Cancellation and Refund Policy – A full refund (minus paypal fees) will be provided if your cancellation is requested before 30 days of the event. If you need to cancel your registration within 14-30 days of the event, we will refund you 50% of your registration. Refunds will not be provided if cancellation occurs 0-14 prior to the event. If there are extenuating circumstances, please contact us ASAP to discuss options.

We reserve the right to cancel any event prior to departure for any reason whatsoever, including an insufficient number of participants, or unforeseeable logistical problems (e.g. acts of God, war, strikes, pandemic, etc.), which may impede retreat operations. An event cancellation due to insufficient numbers would normally occur at least a month prior to departure, unless unforeseeable events impede the event overall.

In the event of cancellation, we will make every effort to refund registrants, minus any nonrefundable supplier fees we have already paid. However in the case of an unforeseeable event, we will not be held liable for providing a refund or have any further liability.


  • I am embarking on adoptive breastfeeding and gathering information has been a little overwhelming. Melissa is incredibly knowledgeable and has a great plan for getting me started. She eased my fears, provided excellent followup and information to my doctor, and made me feel very encouraged and hopeful. I greatly appreciate how accessible she is and all the resources and help she has for me. I highly recommend her!

  • As future adoptive parents we wanted to explore the possibilities of Induced Lactation. We didn’t really know what to expect or what questions to ask. But couldn’t have picked a more wonderful provider to help us come up with a plan. We are so thankful and less stressed as we feel confident in our plan that we agreed upon. Highly recommend, Melissa!

  • Melissa was super thorough in addressing in and informing us on all our concerns. We are adoptive parents and want to set our child up with the best nutrition early on in life. I feel confident in her recommendations and feel very prepared with the different options laid out for us. Thank you

  • I was so impressed with the knowledge of Melissa! We are in the process of adopting an infant and I wanted to explore the possibility of breast feeding and nursing. She was a wealth of information. She took the time to really understand my health history - which is complicated - and she was so thoughtful with her recommendations. I could not rate her high enough!

  • Melissa is a superhero! As a new mother whose infant was born via surrogacy, I wanted to breastfeed my baby as much as possible. Melissa has helped me establish a supply of milk which allowed me to exclusively breastfeed for the first week of my son’s life. When I was feeling overwhelmed with the process of feeding my newborn, Melissa helped me develop a sustainable feeding plan that provides for my baby’s nutritional and bonding needs, as well as helps me maintain my milk supply 🙂 thank you!!!

  • Unsure of whether I wanted to go the typical lactation induction route of pharmaceuticals or take a more holistic approach, I knew I would need some guidance. I consulted with Melissa because I'd heard excellent things about her clinical lactation skills and herbal medicine background. Her consultation took into consideration my full medical background, and her protocol involves specific herbal remedies to address my overall wellness so my hormones will respond better to lactation induction.

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