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.

Note: 5 L-CERPS (CEUs) will be applied for through IBLCE. Many professional organizations accept IBLCE CEUs. In the past chiropractors, naturopaths, midwives, etc have been able to use our IBLCE-granted CEUs. Please check with your organization to see if you can count IBLCE CEUs towards your own continuing education credits and let us know if you have any questions.

Upcoming Dates: TBD – Check back for a virtual option soon, and in-person dates in the future

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.


  • I loved learning all the different ways to help babies with reflux. I never knew that babies with reflux often have trouble nursing on the right side. I see this frequently and can now mention this to struggling moms.

    Workshop Participant
  • I love hearing from Melissa and how she ties evidenced based research into her talks with case studies. I appreciate her multifocal and holistic look at solutions to difficult situations.

    Online Digestive Course Participant
  • I absolutely love Melissa Cole and always learn something new.

    Online Digestive Course Participant
  • Fabulous evidential basis for practical support of families with babies having GI issues!

    Online Digestive Course Participant
  • Amazing information. I think this helped me to put together a lot of facts I knew into a more usable system.

    Online Digestive Course Participant
  • This was just jam packed. I kept starting and then going back in certain segments to hear it again. So much information.

    Online Digestive Course Participant
  • Glad for Melissa's balanced approach and clear format - makes all this info easier to grasp.

    Online Digestive Course Participant
  • Fabulous! Such a great talk. SO much information which was practical and easy to follow despite the huge amount of detail. Thank you very much. Probably will watch this again! So good.

    Online Digestive Course Participant