Every Wednesday for the last couple of years the IBCLCs of The MILC Group have opened their doors from 10am to Noon for drop in Weight Checks and Lactation Chats. We decided we should write a short blog post letting people know what to expect during Weight Check Wednesday (WCW).
Weight Check Wednesday is an excellent way to get accurate information from an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant for a minimal fee and in a short amount of time! It does not substitute for a consult.
The fee for Weight Check Wednesdays with The MILC Group is just $20. Come in and see us this Wednesday!
The MILC Group offices are located inside of Go Baby Go, 6104 Broadway, #C-4, San Antonio, TX 78209. Contact us online at www.TheMILCGroup.com or by phone at 210-960-MILC/210-960-6452.
This week I had the pleasure of meeting with a local San Antonio pediatrician. Her office had contacted us and asked for a meeting. We were pleased that they had reached out but also wondered what they would want to chat about.
Since we started The MILC Group late last year we have worked hard to market the business to local health care providers as well as the families that we serve. We strive to have professional integrity and we want the families that we work with to know that we represent them and not the interests of any particular care providers. We LOVE that our location is not affiliated with any particular medical practice and we don't pander to any certain medical practices. When asked if we can recommend a pediatrician we give out several names often based on location but always based on our knowledge of how supportive those doctors are of breastfeeding.
Our chat with the local pediatrician went really well! Ginger was not able to make it because it was smack dab in the middle of her busy time of day shuttling her kiddos around. I was rushing that day from one thing to the next and came directly from the elementary school track meet so I was sweaty and feeling sunburned...lol. At first it seemed like it might be a short chat and she asked me a few pointed questions. We then started a more casual conversation about birth, her own breastfeeding experience, her own children's oral issues (or maybe what I thought they might be from hearing her descriptions of nursing issues), her desires for her patients, etc. It turns out we are very much on the same page. Bottom line...we both care about the health of our client's children. We both feel that breastfeeding is extremely important in the development of that good health. We both want to make sure that babies are being fed adequately. I explained what we do during a consult and how we strive to educate our client's on the importance of the baby transferring milk well and what factors can impede that. I talked about our desire to keep baby at the breast while still providing the baby with the proper amount of nutrition and if supplementation is necessary then supplementing with their own breastmilk is our first choice. It was refreshing to hear a health care provider express such a clear interest in the care of her patients beyond the hot topics like vaccines, etc. Our chat led me to want to write this little post and stress the importance of finding a supportive health care provider for your baby.
Questions to ask when looking for a breastfeeding-supportive Pediatrician/Health Care Provider:
1. What are your thoughts about breastfeeding?
2. What are your thoughts about breastfeeding beyond 6 months? beyond a year?
3. Do you have referrals to offer if I am in need of breastfeeding assistance? or are you an IBCLC?
4. Do you have a list of local breastfeeding support groups that you could give me?
5. If my baby needed to be supplemented would you go first to breastmilk or formula as a supplement?
6. What percentage of your patients are breastfeeding exclusively at 1 month?
How to know if a Pediatrician/Health Care Provider is NOT breastfeeding friendly:
1. If they give you formula samples when you meet with them.
2. If they tell you that breastfeeding and bottlefeeding are the same.
3. If they advise you to stop breastfeeding because baby is sick or if they give outdated information about breastfeeding.
4. If they act shocked that you are "still" breastfeeding at six months.
5. If they tell you not to allow baby to fall asleep at the breast or if they push rigid sleep scheduling early on.
6. If YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BREASTFEED IN THEIR OFFICE OR WAITING ROOM.....RUN THE OTHER WAY!!
We are so happy to have many supportive health care providers here in San Antonio but are always looking for more. If you have a great one, let us know!
Ginger, Laura and Tina wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who came out to support us at our MILC n' Cookies Party celebrating our Grand Opening! We had so much fun and we think everyone else did too.
A huge thank you to Liz and Priscilla along with all of the Go Baby Go staff for helping to set up the space and for working while they were also having a bit of fun. We can't say enough good things about all of these ladies and how much we enjoy working along side them every day.
We would again like to thank Nicole Maldonado of Nicki's Custom Cakes for the amazing boob cookies! We heard rave reviews and we held a few back to eat quietly on Monday morning. They were so delicious!!
Thank you to the local businesses who provided door prizes for the event as a special treat to all the families attending.
We would also like to thank our amazing photographer Katrina Patterson who will be getting her website up soon so that we can promote her business. We are loving seeing all the photos of our clients and friends. We hope you enjoy the photos too!
Keep spreading the word about The MILC Group and our new office location!
San Antonio has a new Lactation Center and it's run by us!
Laura, Ginger and Tina aka The MILC Ladies have opened a new office located inside of Go Baby Go (a fabulous natural baby store in Alamo Heights). The physical address is:
6104 Broadway St., Suite C-4
San Antonio, TX 78209
Our current hours of operation for The MILC Group Lactation Center are:
Monday - Friday 9am-3pm
We will be seeing clients by appointment only at this time and will be adding drop in hours in the future. Of course if you are having an issue please don't hesitate to drop by to see if one of us can chat with you or give us a quick call at 844-GOT-MILC and arrange to come in.
Office visits will be $90.
We could not be more thrilled to be partnering with Go Baby Go in this venture. A few short weeks ago we put a call out to our fellow San Antonio Natural Community Members and we got several amazing offers of office spaces. Our decision to go with just one was difficult but it feels so natural to be working every day alongside our long time friends at Go Baby Go.
Welcome to The MILC Group!
This joint venture in the world of Lactation and Childbirth has been a long time coming. This is a collaboration of efforts by a small group of International Board Certified Lactation Consultants based in San Antonio, Texas. Each of us bring our own set of skills to the table and to our Clients.
Tina Castellanos, IBCLC, RLC, started as a La Leche League Leader in 1999. She worked with La Leche League in a number of areas including Co-Coordinating the LLL of Texas State Conference in 2006. She continues to volunteer with LLL and is a Delegate to the LLLUSA Council. Tina eventually sat for the IBCLC exam in 2011 and has been in private practice ever since with her former company, The Nurtured Center.
Ginger Chun, IBCLC, RLC, also entered the world of Lactation via La Leche League. She became a Leader in 2006 and has led groups in several countries where her family has been stationed with the U.S. Army. Ginger also sat for the IBCLC exam in 2011 and started off working alongside Tina before being transferred to South Korea for two years. During her time in South Korea Ginger was able to work in the military hospital assisting new mothers and babies. She gained a large amount of knowledge working with NICU babies as well as babies in "regular" situations.
Laura Gruber, IBCLC, RLC, began her career in 2010 with Women, Infants and Children (WIC) as a Peer Counselor. She became very passionate about the world of Lactation and went on to work for two hospital systems in San Antonio as an IBCLC. During that time she learned so much about the breastfeeding dyad working with brand new babies, NICU families and in the out-patient setting. Laura went on to open her own Lactation business aptly named Breastfeeding Housecalls.
Combined we bring 28 years of experience working in Lactation to our City. We are so excited to be working together to build a strong breastfeeding community in the city of San Antonio.
What sets The MILC Group apart from other lactation support:
We look forward to working with lots more Moms, Babies and Families!
~Tina & Ginger