GOLD Learning Speakers

U.S.A.

Melissa Cole, IBCLC, RLC

  • Speaker Type: Tongue-tie Lecture Pack 2014, GOLD Lactation 2013, GOLD Lactation 2015, Advanced Clinical & Business Skills for Private Practice 2016, Tongue-Tie
  • Country: U.S.A.
Biography:

<p>Melissa Cole, IBCLC, RLC is a board-certified lactation consultant, neonatal oral-motor assessment professional and wellness clinician in private practice.  Melissa is passionate about providing comprehensive, holistic lactation support and well as speaking, researching and writing on these topics.  She is dedicated to improving the level of clinical lactation skills for health care providers. She is an adjunct professor at Birthingway College of Midwifery in Portland, OR. She is active with several lactation and health care professional associations including the International Affiliation of Tongue-Tie Professionals. She enjoys living and working in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. </p>

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New Thoughts on Infant Pre and Post-Frenotomy Care
A hotly debated topic among tongue tie professionals is pre and post-frenotomy care. Infants may have varying degrees of suck dysfunction and lip/ tongue mobility issues before and even after release. In addition, wound care of the incision sites, structural support, emotional support for the dyad and optimal feeding care plan formation is vital. Melissa Cole, IBCLC, RLC will present some pre and post-frenotomy case studies and care basics from her own clinical practice that have proven to improve frenotomy healing outcomes. Parents are often exhausted from the physical and emotional roller coaster that feeding a tongue/lip tied infant presents and sensitive care for the whole family is needed. Melissa also recognizes that pre and post-frenotomy care ‘best practice’ is still in its infancy and she proposes a call to research this subject matter further
Accreditation, Main Category, Product Type
Presentations: 6  |  Hours / CE Credits: 6.0  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks
Hours / CE Credits: 1 (details)  |  Categories: Breastfeeding and Lactation, Tongue-tie & Structure
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Lactation After Loss
After losing an infant, grieving mothers may still have to cope with postpartum issues, including lactation. This presentation reviews and addresses care options for lactation concerns after pregnancy, neonatal, or infant loss. Currently, lactation care and advice after loss varies greatly. Lactation consultants are instrumental in providing mothers with anticipatory guidance and evidence-based care. Implementing system-wide training and education regarding this topic will help families receive the information they need to deal with the physiological aftermath of infant loss.
Hours / CE Credits: 0.5 (details)  |  Categories: Breastfeeding and Lactation
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Infant Gut Health: Common Concerns and Useful Support Strategies
This session will focus on common concerns regarding infant digestive health 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, 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.
Accreditation, Main Category, Product Type
Presentations: 27  |  Hours / CE Credits: 25  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
Hours / CE Credits: 1 (details)  |  Categories: Premie & Sick Babies
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Placenta Medicine as a Galactogogue: Tradition or Trend?
For some mothers, insufficient milk supply impacts their ability to fully breastfeed their infants. Many of these mothers seek holistic options to increase their milk supply. Amongst some women, placenta medicine and/or postpartum placenta consumption as a purported galactogogue is a practice on the rise. There is some limited historical research, and more recently some phenomenological data, about the practice of placenta as a galactogogue. However little is truly known about the benefits and risks of placentophagy. Even less is known about whether or not placenta can be viewed as a galactogogue. This presentation aims to review the existing literature and purpose a further call for research in regards to placenta as a galactogogue.
Accreditation, Main Category, Product Type
Presentations: 27  |  Hours / CE Credits: 25  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
Hours / CE Credits: 1 (details)  |  Categories: Breastfeeding and Lactation
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Beyond the Basics of Latch: Support strategies for helping babies when the basics aren’t enough
In a perfect world, every baby would latch beautifully right after delivery and breastfeed happily ever after. In reality what we often see is that most moms and babies need a little help to get breastfeeding off to a good start. Many dyads need a lot of help. And a few mother/baby pairs need a miracle to breastfeed successfully. How can we best help those tough cases? There are many reasons babies struggle to latch and feed well. Some issues may include structural issues, physical discomfort, respiratory concerns, medical issues, digestive issues, poor feeding tool choices, prematurity, etc. Many providers are frustrated when they are unable to help a dyad latch and feed successfully. This presentation will covers some reasons why babies struggle to latch and breastfeed well. We will go over cases that portray challenging situations and the assessment techniques and care plan strategies that helped. This session is designed to help providers implement critical thinking skills in order to think outside the box when it comes to difficult cases.
Presentations: 6  |  Hours / CE Credits: 6  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks
Hours / CE Credits: 1 (details)  |  Categories: Breastfeeding and Lactation
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Will it hurt? Frenotomy aftercare strategies to optimize healing outcomes for the newborn
There are a few emerging theories and clinical practice ideas when it comes to frenotomy aftercare for the newborn. Clinicians and families sometimes struggle with the idea of how to balance efficient post-frenotomy care while minimizing stress and discomfort of the newborn. While the evidence strongly points to the benefit of frenotomy for tongue-tied neonates, there is little published evidence regarding best aftercare practices. During this presentation we will explore the neonatal experience of pain along with pain management and oral healing strategies. We will also discuss the impact of stress on wound healing and focus on ways to help keep babies calm and happy through the recovery process. For families coping with a tongue-tied baby, it is often a physical and emotional roller coaster ride. This presentation will help provide a well-rounded view of frenotomy aftercare issues as well as clinical, care strategies to optimize healing and feeding for the newborn.
Presentations: 5  |  Hours / CE Credits: 5  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks
Hours / CE Credits: 1 (details)  |  Categories: Tongue-tie & Structure
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Note: Currently only available through a bundled series of lectures
Will it hurt? Frenotomy aftercare strategies to optimize healing outcomes for the newborn
There are a few emerging theories and clinical practice ideas when it comes to frenotomy aftercare for the newborn. Clinicians and families sometimes struggle with the idea of how to balance efficient post-frenotomy care while minimizing stress and discomfort of the newborn. While the evidence strongly points to the benefit of frenotomy for tongue-tied neonates, there is little published evidence regarding best aftercare practices. During this presentation we will explore the neonatal experience of pain along with pain management and oral healing strategies. We will also discuss the impact of stress on wound healing and focus on ways to help keep babies calm and happy through the recovery process. For families coping with a tongue-tied baby, it is often a physical and emotional roller coaster ride. This presentation will help provide a well-rounded view of frenotomy aftercare issues as well as clinical, care strategies to optimize healing and feeding for the newborn.
Hours / CE Credits: 1 (details)  |  Categories: Tongue-tie & Structure