Professional Speaking Services Testimonials

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

    Health care provider comments from 2017 Astoria
  • Great workshop!! I’d highly recommend it to perinatal professionals of all kinds.

    Workshop Participant
  • This workshop was perfectly balanced! Thank you infinitely for this workshop. My lactation knowledge has been dramatically enhanced. I feel confident about sharing new information with clients as well as holding better space to hear the ‘whole story’, with new communication tools.

    Workshop Participant
  • I loved your willingness to take mother’s needs/bias/comfort into account (without forcing your own opinions.) I loved this workshop. Thank you, Melissa!

    Workshop Participant
  • I enjoyed having the hands on experience and families. I feel so much more confident with oral assessment and found that understanding oral strength was eye opening.

    Workshop Participant
  • This was a wonderful learning experience. Thank you so much. Was wonderful to see Real Babies!! Thank you!!

    Workshop Participant
  • Excellent training. I feel so much more confident about what to look for – especially by comparing ‘healthy babies’ in order to recognize muscle weakness in addition to tongue tie. Group size was good.

    Workshop Participant
  • I really enjoyed your presentation, your style and grounded information. I look forward to joining you again. Thank you!

    Workshop Participant
  • You are an amazing speaker. I have learned so much. I did not fully understand how to “diagnose” tongue tie. The difference between posterior or anterior was confusing. I now understand and feel a little more confident to recognize this.

    Workshop Participant
  • I would be happy to hear Melissa speak again on any topic with the breastfeeding dyad. She is a dynamic speaker with a great breadth of knowledge in her scope of practice. Good day!

    Workshop Participant
  • I love how you integrate calmness and energy into consults.

    Workshop Participant
  • Feels like yin and yang. East and west cultures blend together.

    Workshop Participant
  • This class was amazing! Michelle and Melissa were extremely knowledgeable and I am so glad I took this class. I will be taking more classes from Michelle and Melissa in the future!

    Workshop Participant
  • You are both really amazing. I loved your message and your delivery. The workshop felt motivating and invigorating.

    Workshop Participant
  • This was amazing! Fabulous location, speakers and content. I will be coming to future trainings you both offer for sure!

    Workshop Participant
  • I am very happy with everything I am taking away from this weekend. Some of what was discussed confirms what I have been doing and seeing in my practice.

    Workshop Participant
  • Really appreciate all you’ve both done to create this workshop. I absolutely love the combination.

    Workshop Participant
  • Excellent presentation. It will really help me to refine how I discuss herbal support with my clients.

    Workshop Participant
  • Thank you for an excellent presentation. I am so happy to see a galactagogue talk from an herbalism perspective.

    Workshop Participant
  • Melissa, very informative! I appreciate your advice to start slow, improve my knowledge of three herbs well, rather than minimal knowledge of many. Great detailed information of the lactogenic foods as well.

    Workshop Participant
  • 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 really loved your focus on the big picture, a holistic approach (it’s not just breast & baby), seeing what’s working along with problems. Thanks so much!

    Mary
  • Your knowledge base is palpable and impressive. Thank you!

    Workshop Participant
  • 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
  • Wonderful presentation, Melissa. I learned a lot. Bookmarked a lot of great resources, too! Thank you.
    K.C.
  • Amazing public speaker, great presentation with informative images and videos.

    Conference Participant
  • Your presentation today was THE BEST….I would not have been able to keep my cool (during my virtual consult today) as well as I think I did if I hadn’t watched your webinar. Period… THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU… I am so happy I watched your lecture today. Thank you again from the bottom of my LC heart.

    D.B. -IBCLC
  • Thank you for the amazing class today. I love hearing you speak - always learn so much with your extensive, gentle and humble knowledge!

    D.M. -IBCLC
  • Melissa is a wealth of information and she is very articulate and presents a lot of information in a clear and concise manner. I would highly recommend her to a colleague!

    Webinar Participant
  • She is so awesome! I have taken many classes with her and it's always a great experience - she has so much knowledge, but she is just so accessible and humble which makes her brilliant!

    Webinar Participant
  • I just think that Melissa has so much knowledge and expertise. I love her courses and will sign up for anything she presents.

    Webinar Participant
  • It was easy to understand but lots of great information. Melissa really knows her stuff and knows how to pass it along.

    Webinar Participant
  • We want to express our sincere appreciation for all you did to help us make our 2020 conference a success. You were so instrumental in helping us make a “virtual reality”. Your kind nature and genuine personality made our organizers and attendees feel at ease. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed your presentations and live participation. Our only regret is not getting to meet you and share time together.

    Conference Organizer
  • It's really wonderful being in class with Melissa and Michelle. You both make this information tangible and very enjoyable. I'm very inspired to review, study and practice implementing all the tools and knowledge Melissa and Michelle taught us in the class. Thanks again for all your thorough explanation and attention to details!

    A.F. -Chiropractor
  • I loved this class! You are both fantastic and I am so eager to learn more! I just need to start making more money to afford all the amazing classes I want to attend. LIFE LONG LEARNER.

    Workshop Participant
  • Thank you for presenting...at our...conference. The feedback we received was outstanding. The lactation Program Coordinator...attended and will be sharing your presentation with her entire lactation team and the Director of Women and Children Services. We are just so thrilled and honored to have you present at our conference.

    Y.A. -Conference Coordinator
  • Absolutely excellent!! So comprehensive, professional to the highest standard and a shining example of collaborative practice!

    Online Workshop Attendee
  • I just wanted to write an email as we are finishing up this course and congratulate you on a job well done. You are really doing such a great service, I love how you answer questions and help your students solve problems and get great quality information. So many ladies who are nursing use herbs and it is really awesome to see someone so competent training. It is great for me too. Lactation is not something that was thoroughly covered in any of my course work as deeply as other subjects and I am happy to take your course and I feel confident if something comes up contacting you for mentoring help since you work in this area so much.

    E.L - Online Course Participant
  • I've enrolled in three webinar courses over the past nine months and several others over the years. This course was excellent. This is what I think you did so well:

    1. Clear focus of the course and clear agenda for each module. This was lactation/infant specific and avoided slipping into more pediatric maladies or maternal general health.
    2. Your weekly video introduction to each module was personal and also set us up for learning specific topics.
    3. Beautiful and clear slides. The photos are lovely, the text was legible and not crowded with information.
    4. The follow up on FB was helpful. I enjoyed being able to share ideas and resources. I felt like I was in a class with an attentive teacher.
    5. The case studies made us put the information into action. I look forward to keeping in touch with the FB group.

    Online Workshop Participant
  • Well done Melissa! Yours was the best online course I took all year and I’m using what I learned with all my clients….I have taken other trainings on herbs but didn't feel fully confident in suggesting them to clients until taking Melissa's course. Her Plant Medicine chart was one of the best educational tools I've ever used, and I refer to it all the time. I highly recommend this course not just to learn about herbs, but to develop your critical thinking skills.

    Annie Frisbie MA, IBCLC
  • Thoroughly enjoyed this course and the ability to take it at my own pace and re-watch modules. It was full of useful information, well organized, and a balanced perspective! Thank you!!

    Online Herbal Course student, IBCLC
  • Thank you for partnering with BreastfeedLA. The day was absolutely incredible. We look forward to partnering with you more in the future.

    Conference Organizer
  • I just want to thank you so much for this amazing course. I can tell how much time and effort you put into this and I so appreciate it how detailed it is. Clearly the info on the galactagogues was quite helpful. I always feel lost when trying to help guide my clients because I'm not an herbalist but I do see that they really can help. At least now, I feel better able to match herbs with conditions. Thank you so so much!

    IBCLC, online course participant
  • Affirmation of working with clinical care teams which demonstrates preference to protect grieving parents from further pain/hurt when providing options which include suppression, continuation or donation of milk. Oftentimes, colleagues will suggest parents will just want to move forward and only offer milk suppression, but have heard too many times when parents wish they had known their options.

    Lactation After Loss Course Participant
  • I love it all! I will take all workshops taught by you.

    Herbal Support Course Participant
  • Melissa is an excellent speaker. She conveys information in a concise manner and addresses questions and concerns thoughtfully. Used various teaching modalities to meet students learning styles. Was organized and had objectives but was also organic.

    Workshop Participant
  • This was the BEST tongue tie course I have taken...you put the most important info into an hour. I loved how you communicated and stayed on the research side...you are truly a gift!!

    Online Course Participant
  • ...I loved the practical recipes, the resources, the depth of information in the lessons. I also knew that it was important to have good sources of supplements, but I don't think I realized HOW important. This was an amazing class and I'm so thankful I got to participate!

    Online Course Participant
  • The whole presentation was just amazing. From the TT release video to the post care exercises. I loved how you incorporated communication strategies for parents/caregivers because it is hard to paint the picture for parents in a way that informs them appropriately without scaring them. You are amazing to this field, thank you for your dedication.

    Online Course Participant
  • I absolutely love this course and feel drawn to learn more. I would love to have an herb pantry to experiment for myself and my family! Thank you

    Online Herbal Course Participant
  • I had definitely not been recommending therapeutic doses for my clients and I'm so glad I have better knowledge about appropriate dosages now! Thank you so much! This was fabulous!

    Online Herbal Course Participant
  • This course by far is one of the most amazing courses I have ever taken and believe me I took many.  Thank you for this course.

    Pharmacist, Herbal Course 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
  • I took the class with an interest in herbs to help with supply issue. But discovered herbs for postpartum issues, and stress and and herbs to help with mastitis and breast pain and baby’s colic. Such a wealth of information. Thank you Melissa. Eager to go back over the articles and continue learning.

    Online Herbal Course Participant
  • Melissa is a wonderful presenter.  She made the information easy to understand and zoom experience enjoyable!

    IBCLC
  • This was a thoroughly enjoyable class! Melissa's deep understanding of the subject matter was impressive. I took 5 pages of notes on herbs!

    Beyond Fenugreek Participant
  • This workshop was so informative! All the modules and videos were broken down into clear and concise education topics. Thank you for taking the time to put the education modules, videos, homework, discussion topics, recommended reading and case studies together!

    Online Herbal Course Participant
  • I LOVED the workshop and I can definitely say it changed the way I practice - and it truly changed the outcomes for a lot of the families I am working with! Thank you so much!

    Online Herbal Course Participant
  • Melissa, I really enjoyed this presentation. You do such a great job of simplifying the complex! I will definitely use a lot of this information with my patients. You have a nice way of putting words to these issues that make so much sense. You are such a great speaker!

    Online Course Participant
  • LOVE the case studies. I learn best that way and it was a nice surprise to be able to learn about 4 different babies and how you navigated the problem of each.

    Online Course Participant
  • The best tongue-tie presentation I have seen to date (and I have done quite a few!)

    Course Participant
  • I find remembering which herb works best for what to be intimidating. Going through and filling out the Plant Medicine Chart made me feel like I was truly getting a deeper understanding and that some mastery was possible. I've been putting what I've learned from you in to practice and it's a joy to see families benefiting from more holistic care. Thank you Melissa!

    Online Course Participant
  • Just really loved being able to fine tune my knowledge of the herbs, but I particularly LOVED the information provided of the mechanism of action for the herbs (as an RN, I love this kind of stuff), which was SO helpful! Thank you Melissa!

    RN, Course Participant
  • I am an herbalist, previous to this course. This course let me be less wary and more confident in my skills and knowledge of herbs! It very greatly inspired me to keep learning and keep pursuing what I love. And good resources listed for checking safety and interactions.

    Course Participant
  • I wanted to...thank you for your recent presentations at GOLD. They taught me a lot. The evidence and strategies you presented were very educational, but I found your attitude and the approach you take with each family VERY illuminating. Thank you for the time you took to develop your practice this way, and the time you took to prepare/present to us. I have learned so much from you! I wish we were closer so I could learn from you in-person but I am grateful for online learning!! The effort you have put into training yourself up while staying humble and flexible, is very inspiring to me!

    IBCLC, Online Course Participant
  • The speaker was dinamic and I liked that we had a challenge - 3 cases of low milk production to solve. Liked that she compared us with detectives because it really is like that, trying to figure out what is happening and what advices to give.

    Milk Production Detective Work Online Course Participant
  • So, so good. Loved how I learned so much in different aspects and also how relevant this is to my everyday work I do with lactation

    Milk Production Detective Work Online Course Participant
  • I loved the case solving approach. It will help me to retain information. Thank you for your thorough presentation and incredible handout. I'll be sure to use the resources you encouraged as I continue in my practice.

    Milk Production Detective Work Online Course Participant
  • I noticed and really appreciated that when discussing mental health, or other aspects of the postpartum period that can impact any/both parent(s), you referred to "them", acknowledged both parents. I recognize that some parents will be single parents, and this was also a great way to remind us that we are assessing the family unit. In a multi/two parent scenario, any partner is going to be having their own experience, worries, exhaustion, and needing support. AND, the extra fun part of referring to "them", you are also displaying use of non-binary pronouns in the event the case were to be about a single parent. Two great ways you avoided the common mistaken focus 99.9% of the time being solely on the cis-women birthing parent as the sole unit for assessment and support.

    Milk Production Detective Work Online Course Participant
  • Melissa is one of my favorite speakers, I really love the format of her presentations. The case studies always help us dive in to the topic and think outside of the box.

    Milk Production Detective Work Online Course Participant
  • WOW, this is great for me in my practice in the NICU, so many of our moms experience low supply for more reasons than just inconsistent pumping. I truly appreciate you sharing your Pocket Guide and I have already checked our you website. Thank you!

    Milk Production Detective Work Online Course Participant
  • Thank You! Covered so much info in a well organized way with practical strategies built in along with helpful scripting for addressing difficult issues.

    Milk Production Detective Work Online Course Participant
  • Excellent presentation Melissa! I really found the case studies and their logical sequence very helpful. Thank you for great, detailed handouts also! Thank you for all you do!

    Milk Production Detective Work Online Course Participant
  • Thank you so much! This is by far the MOST valuable class I have taken to date for helping increase my knowledge and impact my clinical practice and hopefully being about better outcomes

    Milk Production Detective Work Online Course Participant
  • Thank you for this excellent, integrative presentation! And, for all your valuable work in our field! You have taught me so much, and I utilize your insights in my work daily!

    Milk Production Detective Work Online Course Participant
  • This presentation could have gone longer. It was very good and the case studies allowed the audience to participate and learn from one another. Great job.

    Milk Production Detective Work Online Course Participant
  • Loved this speaker! I love her other lectures too.. she has a way of explaining things that is both engaging and informative.. and I LOVED LOVED LOVED the case studies.. they really made her teachings "hit home" and relatable.

    Milk Production Detective Work Online Course Participant
  • I work primarily with a low supply population but I really appreciated all of the additional education and resources for herbal galactagogues. I also loved Melissa's use of language in her examples of how she would approach certain topics with clients.

    Milk Production Detective Work Online Course Participant
  • Thanks for the case studies-very helpful to examine real situations and show how getting more info is helpful and setting up plan of care. I enjoyed the interactive brainstorming.

    Milk Production Detective Work Online Course Participant
  • Great research and appreciate the options and scope that include both medicinal and herbal solutions. A nice broad scope of thinking around each case presented. Helpful!

    Milk Production Detective Work Online Course Participant
  • I loved the interactive nature of this presentation and how it was framed around detective work. Made it interesting and fun!

    Milk Production Detective Work Online Course Participant
  • Melissa Cole is always a fantastic speaker to hear from. Whatever topic she is presenting on is engaging and insightful!

    Online Course Participant
  • Melissa's presentation was excellent! I learned a lot and I loved the way she included inclusive terms and different points of view!

    Milk Production Detective Work Online Course Participant
  • Outstanding presentation Melissa! I loved the case presentations, audience interactions, and resources! I would love for you to come back to Gold and present in the future!

    Milk Production Detective Work Online Course Participant
  • I truly love listening to Melissa Cole, she is passionate about lactation and helping parents on their lactation journey.

    Milk Production Detective Work Online Course Participant
  • Thank you, your presentation was wonderful. Your approach is so gentle and compassionate -- I hope to echo your manner with my patients!

    Milk Production Detective Work Online Course Participant
  • What an amazing presentation, extremely helpful in furthering knowledge and assessment skills. the use of case studies was wonderful to put it all together. would love to have her present in the future.

    Milk Production Detective Work Online Course Participant
  • Loved it! As many mentioned during the forum, case studies are just THE BEST. I also really appreciated examples of Melissa’s compassionate response as she works with her families, and her emphasis on letting go of preconceived care plans and to focus on the days in front of me.

    Milk Production Detective Work Online Course Participant
  • Melissa is always a fantastic wealth of knowledge, and this presentation was outstanding. Great content, great interaction, and lots of new resources and things to consider. Loved every moment and I will watch it again once the recording is available! Many thanks.

    Milk Production Detective Work Online Course Participant
  • I absolutely loved this information and approach to diagnostics. The reiteration of parent breastfeeding goals taken into consideration during the making and implementation of lactation plans was wonderful.

    Milk Production Detective Work Online Course Participant
  • Realizing just HOW MUCH herbs can actually do and that I can recommend herbs that will not only have an impact on milk supply but also on postpartum mental health. Fantastic course that has helped me become more confident in making personalized herbal recommendations for my clients. Thank you!

    Online Herbal Course Participant
  • I just wanted to tell you how much I appreciated your case study conference for the AQC, I am wrapping up listening to them as I has a super busy summer. It was so interesting, and it has strengthen so intuitions I had as an IBCLC, and gave me tons of informations and confirmations that I am giving adequate treatment plans to my client! Thank you!

    Conference Participant