Modern Milk wellness center has resources to help moms

Stephanie Nguyen, Modern Milk
While her own breastfeeding struggles sparked the idea for Modern Milk, Stephanie Nguyen says her business offers a variety of services and support for all families—those who breastfeed, bottle-feed or both. “We are supportive all the way around,” she said. Brittany Hargrave/Community Impact Newspaper

While her own breastfeeding struggles sparked the idea for Modern Milk, Stephanie Nguyen says her business offers a variety of services and support for all families—those who breastfeed, bottle-feed or both. “We are supportive all the way around,” she said. Brittany Hargrave/Community Impact Newspaper

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Modern Milk offers a range of pre- and postnatal fitness classes, from barre to yoga to high-intensity cardio. Prenatal yoga classes are often what initially attract women to Modern Milk, Nguyen said. “Then, once they come in, they end up staying and taking classes from us, too,” she said. Brittany Hargrave/Community Impact Newspaper
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Modern Milk sells a curated selection of mom and baby products within its boutique space. Items are primarily sourced from small businesses and include products such as Cheengoo rattles, Morado Designs bodysuits, and BirdRock Baby moccasins. Brittany Hargrave/Community Impact Newspaper
With a background in women’s health, including work as a nurse practitioner and a labor and delivery nurse, Stephanie Nguyen has long cared for other women. It was not until she became a mother herself, though, struggling to breastfeed her baby and find mom-friends, that she conceived of a new way she could be there for women: helping moms.

“After I had my daughter, I didn’t really have a community right away,” Nguyen said. “When I finally met some other moms in a music class, [parenting] became a totally different experience—night and day, because I had so much more support, it was fun, and we would do things together.”

Nguyen believed she could ease that transition for other moms, so she and her husband, Fred, opened their first mom-and-baby wellness center, Modern Milk, in Scottsdale in 2015. A Gilbert location followed in 2018. The spaces offer a variety of services: fitness, education, lactation consultations, mom groups and a boutique.

“[New motherhood] is a special time, and you don’t want to sit at home and take every class and order everything online,” Nguyen said. “It’s fun to go to a birthing class with your partner and be around other moms.”

In its boutique, Modern Milk primarily sells products curated from other small businesses. There are crocheted baby rattles, Arizona-themed onesies and amber teething necklaces as well as apparel, mugs and water bottles from in-house brand Namomste, a play on the Hindu word “namaste.”


“It’s, ‘The mom within me acknowledges the mom within you,’” she said. “That’s how I envision Namomste.”

That philosophy—moms supporting moms—is represented in Modern Milk’s Happy Mom School groups, which feature weekly speakers, including pediatricians, physical therapists, dentists, photographers and brain researchers.

“I worked really hard perfecting [these groups], to get them to the point where moms are forming bonds, but also learning something new each week,” she said. “I love hearing all the stories, you know, the groups that are like, ‘We all went on a moms’ vacation!’ or, ‘I moved here from out of state, I knew nobody, and now I have a great group of friends.’”