Common Infant Digestive Health Concerns and Useful Support Strategies
Presented by Melissa Cole, MS, IBCLC, RLC
Course Description: This workshop will focus on common infant digestive health concerns and useful support strategies that care providers can incorporate into their work with families. We will discuss what’s normal and what’s not in regards to stooling, spit up/reflux, colic/fussiness, food allergies/sensitivities, and more. Many parents are coping with babies that are uncomfortable and unhappy due to gut health concerns. Dealing with a such a baby is emotionally and physically draining. Having a basic understanding of infant gut health and care strategies that optimize comfort and aid in overall digestive healing can be useful tools for any type of practitioner working with infants.
The topic of infant digestion is something parents and professionals alike are curious to know more about. Melissa explains the development of the digestive system and discusses gut healing and coping strategies for infants struggling with colic, reflux, food allergies, oral restrictions impacting proper swallowing, and beyond.
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 and infant care amongst allied health care providers. We hope you’ll join us in a wonderful weekend of collaborative learning!
Light snacks provided. Class size will be kept small so please register early.
*5 L-CERPS (CEUs) will be applied for through IBLCE, IBLCE CEU hours from our workshops are usually accepted by DONA, and other 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: Check back soon as we add new dates frequently! (10 am-4:30 pm)
Cost: $175 ($150 early bird if registered by TBD)
Location: Luna Lactation’s NW PDX office, details will be sent with registration
Cancellation and Refund Policy – A full refund (minus paypal fees) will be provided if 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.
Families and Babies – We are committed to providing a conducive learning environment for all attendees. Quiet infants in arms and non-separating children are welcome. Our space is small with little wiggle room so please consider that when deciding on the needs of your child. Please be respectful to other attendees and step out of the room to meet your child’s needs if noise is a concern. Most workshop locations have a separate space for parenting/milk expression needs, please ask us if you need certain accommodations.
Our workshop participants have provided excellent feedback about courses for professionals:
I loved my visit with Melissa. She’s very knowledgeable, she acts like a specialist, and you can tell she’s very research based yet completely took my feelings of what is happening into account. She’s ideally what every IBCLC should be. Can we clone her??!! I’m already referring friends to her. After 6 weeks of recovery with a tongue tie baby I felt I was making little headway and wanted a second opinion as I got some red flags from another IBCLC. Going to Melissa was a breath of fresh air.
Melissa is the only person I ever went to that gave me breakthrough answers. I’d seen various medical “specialists” ranging from pediatricians to lactation consultants and even a tongue doctor but they provided no answers of hope for my nursing challenges. Turned out my son had a very obvious tongue and lip tie, which no one caught, except Melissa. She got us on the fast track to him being able to nurse again and exclusively so that I didn’t have to supplement anymore!
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.
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.
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!
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.
This workshop was AMAZING! So much information! I know I’ll be reading over my notes for awhile!” …”I think you knocked it out of the park!”…It was so educational, it kept me interested the whole day!”…”Excellent balance of visuals, handouts and case studies. The videos were priceless.
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.
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.