Modern Milk

This year, Waste Management Phoenix Open attendees will spot a pop-up lounge unlike anything they’ve ever seen before inside the Expo Tent – the Happy Mom Lounge for, you guessed it, moms and their babies.

The Happy Mom Lounge is the brainchild of Stephanie Nguyen, a registered nurse, women’s health nurse practitioner, international board-certified lactation consultant and owner of Modern Milk, a community wellness center dedicated to educating and empowering today’s moms.

Modern Milk has two locations in the Valley. The flagship store opened in Scottsdale four years go, and this time last year, Nguyen opened up a second location in Gilbert.

Also conceived one year ago was the idea for the Happy Mom Lounge at the Phoenix Open, named after Modern Milk’s Happy Mom School, an eight-week course where moms learn from expert speakers and bond with other mothers.

“I got a lot of feedback from moms attending Happy Mom School who said, ‘You guys should be out at the Open. There’s nowhere to go if you have a baby or to nurse or anything,’” Nguyen said.

Nguyen loved the idea. So did one of Modern Milk’s birthing instructors, whose husband happens to be a member of the Thunderbirds, hosts of the WM Phoenix Open.

“He’s in it deep with the planning,” Nguyen said. “The Thunderbirds, they’re all men and so they were like, ‘We hadn’t thought of this,’ but once she brought it to their attention, they loved the idea.”

The Happy Mom Lounge at the WM Phoenix Open will be located in its own enclosed area and will be accessible the same hours as the Phoenix Open.

Here, moms will find electrical outlets for breast pumps, lounge chairs to relax and/or pump and a changing table station.

While Modern Milk does offer pump rentals, and has since day one, the Happy Moms Lounge will not have pumps available. Instead, it’s BYOP – bring your own pump.

According to Nguyen, they are unable to store pumps due to lack of space and liability concerns.

“We partnered with a local rental company to furnish it and make it look really posh and chic and a fun place to relax and take care of your baby,” Nguyen said. “I think it’ll be a great fit, just to be there and part of the excitement and seeing what the need is there.”

Reactions to the lounge have been overwhelmingly positive, so far, on Modern Milk’s Facebook page, which has over 5,000 followers.

Based on comments and feedback Nguyen’s received since the announcement, the addition of the Happy Mom Lounge might just increase attendance to the Open, too.

“I’ve heard from a lot of moms who said, ‘We weren’t going to go, but now we’re totally going to go,’” Nguyen said.

Happy Mom School is one of Modern Milk’s most popular classes.

“Over those eight weeks, moms become so close and they have a support system,” Nguyen said. “So not only are they having a place to go every week, which, when you have a newborn, you’re kind of stuck at home, but they also have something to do.”

The course is so popular, Nguyen plans to offer the class once per week in Arcadia.

“We have a lot of Arcadia moms in Happy Mom School and we want to bring it out there so they don’t have to drive to Scottsdale,” she said.

At Modern Milk, Nguyen and the staff foster a community of unity via its “namomste” movement.

“In our mind, it represents a connection between moms. We’re all different moms, but we all are going through the same struggles and the same thing,” Nguyen said.

Offered at both locations are a variety of fitness classes, including yoga classes, to help women stay in shape both before and after the baby comes.

But at the core of Modern Milk is, undoubtedly, education. The various courses offered at both locations educate mothers on everything from pregnancy and birth to pumping and breastfeeding.

Classes change frequently and new classes are added based on feedback from moms who frequent Modern Milk.

Nguyen recently added a class called “Pumping and Storage,” where moms will learn everything they need to know about pumping, returning to work, storing breast milk and more.

This is a class Nguyen said moms should attend after Modern Milk’s Breastfeeding 101 course.

“I like that class because it’s really an open forum,” Nguyen said. “It’s very casual and moms usually come with a list of questions, so we go around and answer everybody’s questions.”

To celebrate Modern Milk’s one-year anniversary in Gilbert, Nguyen has events lined up for February.

In addition to an anniversary party in Gilbert, Modern Milk will offer Prenatal Yoga: Valentine’s Partner Class on Feb. 11 at both locations. This fitness class is a 75-minute prenatal yoga class for moms and dads to-be. Class is $20 per couple.

Tommie Girl Photography and Claire Beeler Photography will also hold mini-session photo shoots on Feb. 2 in Gilbert.

These 10-minute shoots include two digital downloads for $25, and all proceeds will go toward Capture for a Cause, a local nonprofit organization that provides free photography sessions to children battling critical illness.

Sometime in February, Nguyen also plans to sell a lactation cookie at both stores.

Nguyen partnered with Megan McNamee of Feeding Littles to create this cookie, which helps boost milk supply.

“[McNamee] has been making these cookies for years and has received so much good feedback,” Nguyen said. “We’re really excited to be able to bring it to more moms because we feel like they really do work.”

Though the Gilbert store opened just one year ago, Nguyen is already making plans to expand Modern Milk out of state.

“We definitely have a few conversations in the works with different people, just trying to find the right fit and scoping some stuff out at the moment,” Nguyen said. “But we definitely would love to bring Modern Milk to other locations.”

Information: modernmilk.com

(Modern Milk/Special to the Progress)

This year, Waste Management Phoenix Open attendees will spot a pop-up lounge unlike anything they’ve ever seen before inside the Expo Tent – the Happy Mom Lounge for, you guessed it, moms and their babies.

The Happy Mom Lounge is the brainchild of Stephanie Nguyen, a registered nurse, women’s health nurse practitioner, international board-certified lactation consultant and owner of Modern Milk, a community wellness center dedicated to educating and empowering today’s moms.

Modern Milk has two locations in the Valley. The flagship store opened in Scottsdale four years go, and this time last year, Nguyen opened up a second location in Gilbert.

Also conceived one year ago was the idea for the Happy Mom Lounge at the Phoenix Open, named after Modern Milk’s Happy Mom School, an eight-week course where moms learn from expert speakers and bond with other mothers.

“I got a lot of feedback from moms attending Happy Mom School who said, ‘You guys should be out at the Open. There’s nowhere to go if you have a baby or to nurse or anything,’” Nguyen said.

Nguyen loved the idea. So did one of Modern Milk’s birthing instructors, whose husband happens to be a member of the Thunderbirds, hosts of the WM Phoenix Open.

“He’s in it deep with the planning,” Nguyen said. “The Thunderbirds, they’re all men and so they were like, ‘We hadn’t thought of this,’ but once she brought it to their attention, they loved the idea.”

The Happy Mom Lounge at the WM Phoenix Open will be located in its own enclosed area and will be accessible the same hours as the Phoenix Open.

Here, moms will find electrical outlets for breast pumps, lounge chairs to relax and/or pump and a changing table station.

While Modern Milk does offer pump rentals, and has since day one, the Happy Moms Lounge will not have pumps available. Instead, it’s BYOP – bring your own pump.

According to Nguyen, they are unable to store pumps due to lack of space and liability concerns.

“We partnered with a local rental company to furnish it and make it look really posh and chic and a fun place to relax and take care of your baby,” Nguyen said. “I think it’ll be a great fit, just to be there and part of the excitement and seeing what the need is there.”

Reactions to the lounge have been overwhelmingly positive, so far, on Modern Milk’s Facebook page, which has over 5,000 followers.

Based on comments and feedback Nguyen’s received since the announcement, the addition of the Happy Mom Lounge might just increase attendance to the Open, too.

“I’ve heard from a lot of moms who said, ‘We weren’t going to go, but now we’re totally going to go,’” Nguyen said.

Happy Mom School is one of Modern Milk’s most popular classes.

“Over those eight weeks, moms become so close and they have a support system,” Nguyen said. “So not only are they having a place to go every week, which, when you have a newborn, you’re kind of stuck at home, but they also have something to do.”

The course is so popular, Nguyen plans to offer the class once per week in Arcadia.

“We have a lot of Arcadia moms in Happy Mom School and we want to bring it out there so they don’t have to drive to Scottsdale,” she said.

At Modern Milk, Nguyen and the staff foster a community of unity via its “namomste” movement.

“In our mind, it represents a connection between moms. We’re all different moms, but we all are going through the same struggles and the same thing,” Nguyen said.

Offered at both locations are a variety of fitness classes, including yoga classes, to help women stay in shape both before and after the baby comes.

But at the core of Modern Milk is, undoubtedly, education. The various courses offered at both locations educate mothers on everything from pregnancy and birth to pumping and breastfeeding.

Classes change frequently and new classes are added based on feedback from moms who frequent Modern Milk.

Nguyen recently added a class called “Pumping and Storage,” where moms will learn everything they need to know about pumping, returning to work, storing breast milk and more.

This is a class Nguyen said moms should attend after Modern Milk’s Breastfeeding 101 course.

“I like that class because it’s really an open forum,” Nguyen said. “It’s very casual and moms usually come with a list of questions, so we go around and answer everybody’s questions.”

To celebrate Modern Milk’s one-year anniversary in Gilbert, Nguyen has events lined up for February.

In addition to an anniversary party in Gilbert, Modern Milk will offer Prenatal Yoga: Valentine’s Partner Class on Feb. 11 at both locations. This fitness class is a 75-minute prenatal yoga class for moms and dads to-be. Class is $20 per couple.

Tommie Girl Photography and Claire Beeler Photography will also hold mini-session photo shoots on Feb. 2 in Gilbert.

These 10-minute shoots include two digital downloads for $25, and all proceeds will go toward Capture for a Cause, a local nonprofit organization that provides free photography sessions to children battling critical illness.

Sometime in February, Nguyen also plans to sell a lactation cookie at both stores.

Nguyen partnered with Megan McNamee of Feeding Littles to create this cookie, which helps boost milk supply.

“[McNamee] has been making these cookies for years and has received so much good feedback,” Nguyen said. “We’re really excited to be able to bring it to more moms because we feel like they really do work.”

Though the Gilbert store opened just one year ago, Nguyen is already making plans to expand Modern Milk out of state.

“We definitely have a few conversations in the works with different people, just trying to find the right fit and scoping some stuff out at the moment,” Nguyen said. “But we definitely would love to bring Modern Milk to other locations.”

Information: modernmilk.com

(Modern Milk/Special to the Progress)