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The Upper Breast Side

135 W. 70th St., Ste. 1L, New York, NY, 10023
nr. Broadway
212-873-2653

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5
Service: 4
Selection: 6
"Mixed Reviews"

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

43% would go back.

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Fishy Pricing!!! Beware!!!

By queens11104 on 2/8/2011

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Selection: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

I went to this store before I had my baby and the owner quoted prices for breast pumps. After I had my baby I went back to the store, but forgot the paper. I bought a breast pump. When I came back to check the price that had been quoted, I realized I paid 20 dollars more. I had been overcharged!!! When I called to ask about it, they simply said, the price went up. What, by 20 dollars? Very fishy!!!!!!

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50 out of 103 people found this review helpful.

Don't ask if they carry breast-feeding covers!

By Aussiegirl1 on 9/3/2010

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Service: 1
  • Selection: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

I stepped in here for the first time to see what products they have in anticipation of buying most of my breast-feeding products from here, but I won't be returning, which is a pity. I was browsing around their products (for which they appear to have a good range), and made the mistake of asking a sales associate (who appeared to be the manager), if they had any breast-feeding covers. Big mistake. She immediately responded by launching into a stern lecture about how they "absolutely, positively, refuse" to sell such items, and if people have a problem with a mother breast-feeding they can "turn their necks". (Completely missing the point that it may be the mother who is uncomfortable baring her breasts in public!). I was mortified for asking the question, and scurried out of there as quickly as possible. While it is obviously up to the store what products they carry, her moralistic attitude and the dressing down she gave me was very unpleasant and unnecessary.

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65 out of 130 people found this review helpful.

Fabulous New York city experience!

By doulacoola on 1/29/2009

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Selection: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Only in this great city can you find a store that is floor to ceiling with this much stuff just related to one topic! The place was absolutely hopping with moms, grandmas, nervous men sent on missions, girlfriends doing the handholding tour and many little people, in slings, on breasts, all over the place! Certainly reading the reviews it seems that most were written by cranky persons clearly needing to move to the quiet suburbs! What a wild place! Great information with yes, no-nonsense persons at the front desk. But from where I was sitting (surrounded by a big bin of chocolate and unlimited cool spa water in front of a flat-screen tv), that was the way to keep things moving so no one was waiting too long. I have to laugh...that I've found this place to show my budds coming in from their quiet towns...the envy will continue! We need to find a place like the upper breast side in EVERY TOWN!

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78 out of 146 people found this review helpful.

Help Is Rude -- Yet Very Knowledeable

By redmeat on 1/10/2009

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Service: 1
  • Selection: 5
  • Yes, I would go back!

You would think that a store dedicated to breast feeding would be a warm and embracing place. Think again. The service is brusk. Sometimes they're downright rude. I called up with a couple of questions about delivery options and got yelled at. When I visited the store for replacements parts for a breast pump, I was greeted by a woman who acted like a drill sarget. A series of rapidfire questions were hurled my way. THAT SAID, THERE IS PROBABLY NO BETTER PLACE TO GO FOR BREASTFEEDING SUPPLIES AND ADVICE. The boob-nazi who runs the store knows her stuff. If you can deal with the attitude (and pay their inflated prices) they'll point you in the right direction and answer your questions. In our world of chain stores and their know-nothing sales help, it is nice to deal with an expert.

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128 out of 216 people found this review helpful.

NOT THAT BAD-I had a great experience

By mrsslaboda on 11/15/2007

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Selection: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

After reading a bunch of reveiws on here, I almost didn't go. But the options for breast feeding bras are slim in NY. The woman that fit me for a bra, was a little pushy but I think extremely knowledgable. That could be translated as pushy. Now, you can't be shy... there were 3 or 4 other women also being fitted for a bra- which means your all topless. They had everything that you could need for breast feeding in one place. Easy on, easy off the subway express line too. Overall, I was grateful and relieved after the experience was all over.

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168 out of 360 people found this review helpful.

A terrible experience

By mudbunny on 8/9/2007

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Service: 1
  • Selection: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

I have never felt as vulnerable or as preyed upon as my trip to the Upper Breast Side. They see a first time mother and shove a bunch of things at you insisting you need them. They are rude, pushy expensive and you can see the dollar signs in their eyes anytime someone new walks in the door.

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188 out of 377 people found this review helpful.

Great service with Character

By LPPIP on 1/1/2007

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Selection: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Whenever I recommend my clients go to Felina's shop I tell them it is a place for them to find everything they could dream of needing for breastfeeding, offered with real character. Felina, her mother Ruth and Monica and all the other ladies will take good care of them and make sure that they get what they need. And I warn them: it is busy!! Full of lots of babies, grandmoms, dads and many many postpartum mothers, so go when you can take the time, relax and benefit from all of the information exchanged from the women who work there as well as from all of the other mothers and grandmothers who are there: nursing, waiting, trying on clothes. It is a unique experience offered with love and New York character. Not to be missed.

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233 out of 474 people found this review helpful.

Rush Rush and you get trash

By elinchen_71 on 12/16/2006

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Selection: (NA)
  • No, I would not go back!

I went there to get a good nursing bra. When it was my turn, I was served in no time, bra on and off, looked and felt good during these two minutes I had it on. I paid $51.50 for each piece. After two days of using I was very dissapointed. The fabric is a poor quality and stretched significantly, so instead of supporting my breasts, it allows them to hang down. The band stretched as well and the bra is moving when I walk. I was offeredd only one type of bra. After this dissapointing experience I visited Medela site and took the measurements of my body on my own. I should wear cup D, the sales person sold me bras in size G!!! Well, since I cannot return the bras I am stuck with them, but I want to warn all women going there. Someone else wrote about the owners attitude. I can confirm. A lot of area for improvement.

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254 out of 537 people found this review helpful.

Ignore the naysayers - SHOP HERE

By pwald on 12/14/2006

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Selection: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Is it cramped? Yes, but that never stopped you at a good nightclub. Is it cheap? No, but that never stopped you at Saks. Does the owner have an attitude? Yes, but so do most New Yorkers, and that never stopped you from shopping, dining and making friends in this town. Bottom line: this is the only place that carries some top of the line breastfeeding wear and gear, so unless you are willing to compromise on quality, care to guess at sizes and mechanics and order items online, plan to try stuff on at this store and then go elsewhere to buy (rude AND a waste of your time), or need not a shred of support of advice, shop at Upper Breast Side.

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228 out of 487 people found this review helpful.

unpleasant shopping experience

By diana43 on 12/11/2006

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Selection: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

I wish I had read these reviews before I made the trip to this store. It is basically a cramped 2-room apartment packed floor to ceiling with stuff. You are herded into the back room where they fit you for a bra in a rushed and bossy fashion, and they assume that you are going to buy everything that you express a vague interest in, before you've even found out the price, etc. It's an uncomfortable experience because they are asking you to make instant consumer decisions while standing topless in the middle of a room where people are constantly walking in and out. I got the feeling that they don't want you to know the brands and prices of the things that you are trying on in case you go away and buy them elsewhere. There is a kind of stingy atmosphere to the whole setup. Also, you are not allowed to browse the stuff that is hanging on racks, etc., and have to sit patiently until stuff is picked out at random by the assistant for you to try on. I definitely won't be going back.

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295 out of 566 people found this review helpful.

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