Hi, I’m Calvine G. Castro and I am a Licensed Acupuncturist. I have been in practicing acupuncture for 16 years. I have a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from UC Riverside and a Masters in Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego. I am a second generation acupuncturist with my mother being both an acupuncturist and medical doctor.
Growing up at a young age I was able to see how impactful acupuncture can be to patients suffering from many different types of ailments. Time and time again, my mother’s patients would hobble in suffering from back pain and needles were placed at locations on the patients body and within a short time patients left the clinic feeling better and walking upright. I realized without medications I could help many people with the use of acupuncture needles as my tool.
I came across Mom Culture through my wife, Tina. After we had our three year old son, my wife was looking for products that she could relate to in regards to motherhood and she found Mom Culture. She loved the shirts, sweatshirts, and mugs that Mom Culture offered. She even loved it more when she found out that Mom Culture had a Facebook community where all the moms can share their experiences as moms. In other words my wife is a big fan of Mom Culture.
When I first met my wife, she didn’t believe in acupuncture but I was able to treat her for her monthly abdominal cramps and opened her mind that acupuncture is another way to relieve her of her pain instead of constantly taking pain relievers. When my wife was pregnant with our first son she experienced excessive vomiting, cramping of her legs in the morning, fatigue and headaches. I treated her with acupuncture and was able to help her with her symptoms.
Knowing how I am able to help my wife and many of my patients with their symptoms I wanted to reach out to the Mom Culture community to let everyone know that acupuncture is another option for all your health conditions and symptoms. I have treated women with anxiety, stress, tension headaches, muscular skeletal disorders such as back pain, neck pain, knee pain and upper shoulder/neck tension.
Acupuncture is also good for preparing women to get pregnant. It helps regulate the mensuration cycle, short cycle, long cycle, heavy bleeding, scant bleeding to create an environment more favorable to getting pregnant.
The following are some of the conditions that I’ve treated my wife and patients with acupuncture:
2nd Trimester pregnancy symptoms- Mental clarity, start of back pain, sciatica and hypertension.
3rd Trimester pregnancy symptoms- Circulation, swelling feet and legs, back pain, sciatica, insomnia, cramping in legs, discomfort, restlessness, and anxiety associated with preparing for childbirth.
Post pregnancy- postpartum depression, difficulty breastfeeding obstruction and pain, regulation of hormones, and balance.
Middle age women- Menopausal symptoms- hot flashes, night sweats, arthritis.
Those conditions that I’ve mentioned are just some of the many conditions that I’ve helped my patients with and I’d like to let everyone know the benefits of acupuncture especially for women. There are many acupuncturists all over the country and if you find one local to you, that would be a great tool to help you. I have clinic locations in Temecula and Menifee here in California.
I first found acupuncture 7 years ago when I was suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum during my final pregnancy. I had tried every trick in the book and nothing was helping the awful daily nausea and I was beyond desperate. My sister-in-law had mentioned how acupuncture had helped her and suggested I give it a go. I, of course, had this preconceived image of giant needles being stuck all over my body and was honestly a little terrified. It's funny how desperation forces us out of our comfort zones and sometimes it's for our own good.
My experience was anything but scary; it was honestly so relaxing and very therapeutic not only did it help treat my pregnancy symptoms but it helped with anxiety and sleep too! I saw my acupuncturist throughout my entire pregnancy and again during postpartum for hormone maintenance.
Have you tried acupuncture mamas? Did you know that there are so many benefits to this holistic treatment and practice?
Some of the benefits:
Reduced Stress Reduced Back Pain, Neck Tension and Relieve Joint Pain in the Hands and Arms Relief from Headaches Reduced Eye Strain Improved Immune System and Reduced Sick Days Enhanced Mental Clarity and Increased Energy Relief from Digestive Conditions Allergy Relief Reduced Cigarette Craving Fewer Injuries on the Body Due to Repetitive Strain Mental-Emotional: Anxiety, Depression, and Insomnia
I've been a believer in the benefits that acupuncture brings to the table from my pregnancy symptoms to dealing with a pinched nerve from a lipoma and as a way to help with stress it's in my permanent bag of health tricks to keep my self in-check with this practice.
Are you ready to give acupuncture a try, mama? My go-to acupuncturist is Dr. Calvine Castro.
What are your rights as a breastfeeding mom? And feeding in public for the first time.
Hey guys it’s Lindsay, owner of The Little Milk Bar. I’m here to talk all things breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding is hard… like really hard. It’s one of those things that no one really talks about until you’re in the middle of it, up at 2am in tears wondering if you’re doing it right. Or wondering if your baby’s getting enough. Throw in the fear of having to actually feed outside of the home, because let’s face it…. you have to leave the house at some point. And you’re on a whole new anxiety level. You just got her to latch properly, how are you supposed to do this in front of strangers?
I want to start off by letting you know that it’s 100% legal for you to feed your baby in public, with or without a cover, in all 50 states. Yup, you heard that right. No longer are the days of moms feeding in dirty bathroom stalls, parked cars or dressing rooms.
And no longer are the days of store managers asking you to leave and “go do that somewhere else”. Major win for the breastfeeding community!
Today I’ll be informing you of your rights as a breastfeeding mom and getting over your fears of feeding in public for the first time. So if you’re a breastfeeding mama, this post is for you. And I really hope you keep reading because it could change your life. No joke!
P.S. I’m all about supporting all breastfeeding mamas, because let’s face it… we could all use a little encouragement. So I put together 3 FREE “Thank you for breastfeeding in public” downloadable cards that I hope you print off, keep in your diaper bag and hand out to every breastfeeding mama you see. You can download them HERE.
In 2018 Utah and Idaho (the two remaining states ) finally legalizing breastfeeding in public. Honestly, what the heck took so long?
As the last hold out state, Idaho sponsor Republican Rep. Paul Amador and father of then 5 month old son, called it shameful in this age that breastfeeding moms were offered no protection.
“Personally, I find it disappointing that we’re in 2018 and we still haven’t passed this law in Idaho. I think we can take a proactive stance here through legislation to promote the natural bond and health benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and child.”
It’s about time the U.S. get caught up with the rest of the world when it comes to laws protecting nursing mothers.
Okay, now that that’s out of the way. And we now know we CAN breastfeed in public, let’s talk about the stresses that come with feeding in public for the first few times.
Most people don’t care.
First off, I know it can be scary… reading all the stories in the news, or watching Facebook videos where people say all kinds of rude comments to breastfeeding moms.
I want to set the record straight. 90% of the time, people don’t care. 90% of the time, people don’t even notice you’re feeding your baby. 90% of the time, no one is going to give you dirty looks or walk over and say some snarky comment.
I’ve had two babies and breastfed them both. My second I fed any and everywhere I needed to, WITHOUT a cover for almost 2 years and only had ONE person say something negative, one!
Focus on you and your baby.
It’s important to ignore everyone around you. Focus only on you and your baby. It’s simple… your baby is hungry and you need to feed him. That’s it, there’s nothing else to it. Don’t worry if you’re “offending anyone”, their opinion doesn’t (and shouldn’t) matter.
Your baby comes before anyone else and filling that little belly of theirs should be the only thing you’re worried about.
Lose the cover (if you want to).
The law states that you can feed your baby with or without a cover… meaning, you can ditch that nursing cover you got at your baby shower… if you want to.
One of the things I hear most often is, “it’s too hot for a cover, my baby sweats”... or “my baby always pulls down the cover, she hates it”. Did you know that being able to see mom while your baby feeds is an essential part of breastfeeding (especially for newborns)? It’s part of the bonding process, it’s what makes them feel safe. They want to see your face while they’re feeding. So when you put a cover over their face, it’s not uncommon for them to cry or try to pull it down, they can’t see mom :(
Some babies have no problem being covered, sweet!
But if they do, and you find it more of a hassle than not, then feel free to #dropthecover.
Try the 2-shirt method.
If you haven’t already heard of the 2-shirt method… be prepared for it to change your life! No joke. It’ll save you a TON on “breastfeeding friendly” clothes… spoiler, you don’t need any. And it makes it SUPER easy to feed in public, keeping your tummy and breasts covered while your babe eats with ease. Easy peasy.
I made a video so you can see exactly what the 2-shirt method is. Check it out below.
They say the more you see of something, the more normal it becomes. So I’ve made it my personal mission to post as many breastfeeding pics as possible on our Instagram account @thelittlemilkbar_.
If you’re looking for some more breastfeeding support… or just wanna hang out with some pretty badass breastfeeding mamas, you can check out our blog here with tons of breastfeeding tips & tricks, and follow us instagram.
And don’t forget to grab our FREE downloadable “thank you for breastfeeding in public” cards here. Print a bunch off, keep ‘em in your diaper bag and hand them out to all the breastfeeding mamas you see.
“Use your voice even if it shakes… we have your back.”
We were excitedly preparing for the arrival of the newest addition to Team Moreno—praying, researching minivans, and reading books about siblings with our daughter—when the unexpected happened. Just weeks after learning about and sharing the news, I was sitting in the emergency room, facing tragedy.
On the drive home from the hospital, my husband asked how I was feeling. Since our daughter was so young, and was therefore not allowed inside of the emergency room, I was seen by and conversed with doctors alone. While she and my husband entertained themselves in the waiting room, he had no idea what was transpiring; no awareness of the diagnosis; and no clue of how to relate to me at the time.
His question was immediately answered with an outpouring of tears. "I do not want her to see me cry" was the only audible I could muster at the time, so the remainder of the ride home was done in silence.
Soon after returning home, our miscarriage began and ended. In a matter of just about two hours, it seemed that our hope-filled dreams of a larger family were silenced and consumed by the pain I felt physically and we, emotionally. No matter how much we wanted it; no matter how much we'd prayed for it and through it, the pregnancy was over.
My husband and I cried—a lot. I, personally, interrogated God in the moments of our miscarriage: “Why this? Why us? Why me?” And, with such clarity, he replied: “The why is all about the responsibility.”
I realized from that juncture, that I could allow my miscarriage to define me—shaping a critical part of my testimony and fashioning the ways I walk out my days. Ushering me to appreciating a woman’s body—my body—and how I see and love on my family; growing my relationship with the intentional, timely, and sovereign Creator of all things; and enriching how I get to relate to, empathize with, and encourage women who sit in the same seat.
Every single thing about losing a child—at any phase or age—is awful and hard. The now is sometimes awful and hard, too. But, what a comfort and a friend we have in Jesus.
In the worst of things, he can teach us the best of things and his love can show up in the best of ways. May we experience him not just in, but through to the other side of the ache. May we disallow our loss to be in vain. Girlfriend, let’s walk in the burden that is light—living shame-free, in peace, with thanksgiving, and dealing this hope to our sisters in the same need.
His timing is everything. Shortly after we miscarried, we conceived and received the gift of the sweetest rainbow baby. Without the tragedy, this exact girl of mine would not be, and she would not have had such a deeply grateful mommy and daddy.
If you need any support or encouragement, please feel free to reach out to me.
I will never forget the day my baby fell out of my body, into my toilet.
I was 25 years old and had all-the-feels about my first pregnancy. I was scared, nervous, and very over-protective. As soon as those two pink lines appeared on the stick, Mama Bear mode instantly kicked in. I made all of the necessary first appointments and sat through the grueling lab tests. I was so happy to bring a new life into the world! I nursed my growing seed very carefully, despite the extreme fatigue and sickness.
February 2008 –
My East Coast neighborhood was hit with a massive ice storm.
Wednesday, February 20th, 7:30 am –
I walked out of my house towards my car so that I could get to work. In my mind I had done all of the right things – wore proper shoes, checked for ice patches, walked slowly. However, those precautionary measures weren’t enough. I slipped. I slid across the walkway and fell on my side into the grass. Panic set-in. Was my baby ok? Was I ok? After getting up and dusting myself off, I walked back to my house and made an appointment with my doctor. 3 hours later, everything was checked; all was well. I took it easy for the rest of the day, grateful that my baby was safe.
Friday, February 22nd, 6:30 am –
I woke up to get ready for work. I did my usual morning routine, but this time something was different. As I was using the bathroom, my stomach began cramping, I felt a little dizzy, and then I heard it. A loud splash, followed by a huge gush. I stood up to blood everywhere. My 8-week-old fetus, in the toilet. The call to 911, rush to the hospital, and weeks of physical and mental recovery were a blur.
October 2009 –
When I saw those two pink lines appear on the stick, I was instantly frozen in fear. A ton of ‘what-ifs’ flooded my mind.
November 2009 –
When I began spotting at 8 weeks with this pregnancy, panic paralyzed me. I was scared to leave the house, scared to move. So, I prayed. Prayed to not have a repeat experience. Prayed for my body to be able to sustain this pregnancy and the growth of my baby.
April 2010 –
Those prayers kept me going and helped me to deliver (after 23 very long hours) a healthy baby boy, my rainbow baby.
Today, that baby boy is 9 years old and has grown to be a great big brother, to two little sisters.
I will never forget the trauma of my miscarriage. I not only lost my baby; I also lost my boyfriend and my sanity. I was really lost, for a long time. But my body successfully carried to term 3 pregnancies after my miscarriage, and for that I am proud. Today, my husband and I dote on our children and appreciate the blessings that they are. There is hope. Hope in knowing that your body is strong. Hope in realizing that you are stronger than the trauma you experience.