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A Belated Breast Pump Donation Story

Posted Sep 22 2011 12:00am

One day last year I was shopping at the Upper Breast Side , a breastfeeding boutique on the Upper West Side of New York City.  You can read more about this great store  in this New York Times article.   I mentioned to the owner, Felina Rakowski-Gallagher, that in my capacity as Breastfeeding Initiative Coordinator at a hospital in the South Bronx (which I am currently on maternity leave from), I used to sometimes recommend the store to some of the women. However, most of the women were unable to afford to shop there. What did she do? She gladly donated FIVE brand-new Medela Pump in Style breast pumps saying that it was her mitzvah of the day! (The Jewish term mitzvah has come to express all acts of human kindness, but actually means the fulfillment of a commandment)

I called the Breastfeeding Coordinator at the hospital, giddy with happiness from the back of a taxi, 5 breast pumps in the trunk. She decided that she would raffle them off during their monthly "baby showers." The baby showers are fun educational sessions for pregnant and new moms in the South Bronx with lots of gifts and prizes. The baby showers receive donations from local baby stores in the Bronx, including donations of many front style carriers for babywearing.  The pumps were a very nice addition and the moms were obviously more than happy to receive them.  Thanks Upper Breast Side!!

Contact me at if you have NEW items for donation. Thank you.

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