The Upper Breast Side, a breastfeeding resource center and store on Amsterdam Avenue that has helped women throughout the city since 1999, will close its doors in the coming weeks, said owner Felina Rakowski-Gallagher.
“We just realized that the market has changed in how people obtain products,” she said on Thursday. “They’re buying them from Amazon.com. How does a small business like mine stay in business?”
“The market has changed and it’s so difficult because I love what I do.”
Rakowski-Gallagher started the business from her home, later moving to 135 West 70th street before landing her first storefront at 510 Amsterdam Avenue (between 84th and 85th street). The store’s motto is “you bring your breasts, we’ve got the rest!” And yes, it’s got one of the best names in the neighborhood.
The store sold and rented breast pumps, and sold bras, dresses and other products. Rakowski-Gallagher sets people up with breastfeeding consultants and other resources to help them after giving birth.
She said that fitting a nursing bra is a particular kind of art that requires “hands-on” attention. Customers who order online tell her that the bras often don’t fit.