We’re so accustomed to hearing horror stories from moms who breastfeed in public places that this act of kindness comes as something of a shock.
A wonderful shock, that is.
Jackie Johnson-Smith, 33, was celebrating her birthday at Fong’s Pizza in Des Moines with her husband and three kids, ages 4, 3 and 12 months.
It was chaotic, to say the least.
Not wanting to leave the table Johnson-Smith tried to discreetly breastfeed her baby under a nursing cover. She tells Yahoo! Shine, “I usually don’t like to breastfeed in public because people can be judgmental…The waitress kept walking by and I was worried she didn’t want me nursing in the restaurant.”
Johnson-Smith felt so inhibited she ultimately finished nursing in the car while her husband and two older children finished dinner.
I bought one of your pizzas. Please thank your wife for breastfeeding!’
The note blew Johnson-Smith’s mind. “I was in total shock and started tearing up…After dealing with people’s reactions for so long, it was like the universe was giving me a pat on the back. I was too stunned to go back inside and thank the waitress.”
She posted a photo of the receipt to her Facebook page with the message: “I have breastfed three children… I have breastfed them in a countless number of places both pleasant and unpleasant, discreetly and out in the open. I have gotten many looks and stares, but tonight erases any negativity I have ever received. I ate at Fongs for the first time tonight. Having a fussy baby I nursed him for awhile in the booth and eventually left the table early as to not disrupt the restaurant. The waitress gave this receipt to my husband. I was speechless and emotional. Although I don’t need a pat on the back for feeding my child, it sure felt amazing. It is amazing how we women can make each other feel when we empower each other.”
The photo has been shared more than 2,000 times. Turns out the waitress, Bodi Kinney, is also 33 and has an 8-month old. She knows what it’s like to feel uncomfortable breastfeeding in public because of people’s reactions. She tells Yahoo! Shine, “Although I nurse my baby no matter where I am—at the supermarket, in clothing stores—people often react negatively… I wanted to let this woman know in some shape or form, that she was doing the right thing.”
Image credit: Facebook.com
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