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Boston and Beyond

August 20, 2012

State's human milk bank expands


The 32-year-old spends a lot of time on the road for her social work job, and chuckles about how many times she’s pulled over in a Massachusetts Turnpike service center and used her Ford Focus’ cigarette lighter receptacle to power her electric breast pump.

“It’s a good motivation, donating the milk, when I’m in a parking lot, pumping again, and it’s hot out or cold out,” Lawless said.

Donor Chris Chanyasulkit, a 35-year-old doctoral candidate from Brookline, Mass., said she even sent donations to the Massachusetts bank while in Washington on business in April. Hotel employees let her store her breast milk in a restaurant freezer before she shipped it out via overnight delivery on the day she checked out.

“It just makes me feel good to know I’ve done something to help the smallest, youngest and most vulnerable,” she said.

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