Mom Feels ‘Twinge Of Fear' Before Breastfeeding In Public, Then Waitress Drops Note On Table
FaithTap Staff 4/11/2017
When it comes to breastfeeding in public, people's opinions tend to be on extreme ends. Some find the act completely repulsive and something that should be done in private, while others find it a natural and nurturing part of motherhood.
10 months ago, Isabelle Ames welcomed a baby girl named Charlotte into this world. And while on a breakfast run with her daughter one morning, she found out first-hand just how strong of feelings some people have on the topic.
As any parent will tell you, eating out with young kids is not exactly a predictable or a relaxing task. While at a café called Snooze in Gilbert, Arizona, Isabelle's date with Charlotte was ending up a bit on the crazy side. She recalls:
"... I was doing my usual thing - trying to wrangle a very active ten month old while trying to get at least one sip of my coffee."
Eventually, Charlotte decided she was hungry too. Isabelle, knowing all too well that there is no arguing with a hungry and teething child, decided to breastfeed while still at the café, even though it wasn't easy:
"It went okay, but lately it's been extra difficult. She has a total of 6 teeth now, and both of us have been sick for a week."
A server rushed over to Isabelle when she saw what was going on. For many of us, this is the point where we assume how Isabelle got in trouble for using a public space to breastfeed her child. But for once, this story has a different ending.
The server instead, brought Isabelle a pancake on the house, along with a very special note she had written, which said:
"Thank you for breastfeeding here. Much love and respect! Erica."
Erica's encouraging words ended up being the best thing that had happened to Isabelle all morning. The waitress even even pointed out how, "us mommas gotta look out for each other." After some teary eyes and hugging, Isabelle took to Instagram to thank Erica for what she had done:
"... So often, before I feed Charlotte in public, I get a twinge of fear. Okay this is the time. Someone is going to harass me. They are going to yell at me. Someone is going to tell me I can't do this here. But not today. Today I got love, respect, and a free pancake."
Breastfeeding hadn't come easy to Isabelle, and even now on some days things like sickness or teething makes it harder than ever. But what happened at the café has clearly given her a new resolve to keep at it.
Motherhood is a hard job no matter what, and on days when moms feels like crying or screaming, it is always nice to see that others notice and care enough to say and do something to make it all worth it!