By Srianthi Perera
If you’re sick, you go to a doctor, but if you need breastfeeding help, where do you go?
The search for the answer led Scottsdale resident Stephanie Nguyen to found Modern Milk, a breastfeeding clinic that evolved also into a prenatal/postnatal educational center, fitness facility and mom and baby boutique, in Scottsdale in 2015.
Recently, Nguyen opened a second location of Modern Milk in Gilbert Tuscany Village, at the northeast corner of Higley and Guadalupe roads.
When she had her two daughters, now ages 7 and 4, Nguyen found it difficult to find support for lactation.
“The pediatrician didn’t have much to offer, as far as help goes with breastfeeding, and neither did my ob-gyn, and I was just asking friends and trying to figure out on my own,” she said. “I thought, if that place exists, it would make it easier for a lot of moms and their babies.”
Nguyen, a women’s health nurse practitioner who once worked as a labor and delivery nurse at HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea, has since became an international board certified lactation consultant.
Modern Milk’s main focus remains breastfeeding; it offers lactation consultations, breastfeeding classes, and also carries breastfeeding products.
However, it also offers help to navigate the challenges of motherhood with prenatal classes and other fitness classes for mom and baby, mom’s support groups and also stocks specialized retail products.
Most of the moms who walk in through the doors are seeking help in something. But they find much more.
“What we really found is that our moms really like the community,” Nguyen said. “Moms have babies and they feel a little isolated. It’s nice to connect with other moms who’re going through the same thing as you are, have babies the same age as you and have a safe place to go to get out of the house to connect with those other moms.”
Friends Danielle Neff of Mesa and Jaime Wait of Chandler were recently participating in the founders’ philosophy of “happy mom, happy baby” with a yoga class for moms and babies.
Neff’s seven-month-old baby boy, Bodhi, was “moving around,” she said.
“It’s incorporating moms and babies, and so it’s something that you do to bond,” she added. “We get to know the other moms in the community and the babies.”
Wait, who attended with her baby daughter, Ariella, said: “you’re playing with your baby the whole time. It’s fun and you get to hang out with others. (After the class, however, she was going to a more strenuous yoga class.)
Nguyen, who’s now starting to help moms who are having their second and third babies, said she’s getting positive comments from women “all the time.” More branches of the concept are in the works as well.
“We believe moms need to work together and support each other in this business called motherhood,” she said.
Modern Milk is located at 3244 E. Guadalupe Road, Suite #A106, Gilbert.