Mom Accidentally Leaves Breast Milk On Plane Only To Learn Male Stewards Intentions With It
Kristin Danley 6/16/2018
A magical whirlwind trip to Disney for the Braverman family took a wrong turn on their way home. The family had descended upon the gigantic theme park ready to have a blast and mom Rachel and her hubby were prepared to navigate the bustling destination with their five-year-old, four-year-old and two-year-old in tow.
They opted to leave their four-month-old baby Brent at home with his grandma, since "Disney at four months isn't magical for anyone," she wrote in a letter to Love What Matters. Being apart from her baby meant that Rachel had to pump milk instead of nurse him herself.
Facebook/Rachel Cohn Braverman
The baby care center at Magic Kingdom was quite posh, she said, which was her next favorite place to pump aside from their resort room. She wanted to make sure she kept up her supply for when she returned home to nuzzle her delightful baby.
Rachel was thrilled to have accumulated approximately 100 ounces of milk and on the day they were to depart, she carefully packed it in a black travel lunch bag filled with ice. She gingerly placed the bag under the seat in front of her on the airplane, cautious with the precious cargo.
The bag full of milk survived the trip, but Rachel failed to remember to take it with her off the plane. She realized her error while unpacking at home -- she thought she had simply forgotten to put it all away.
"And in that same moment, I realized what I absolutely could not believe — I had left it on the plane. I am generally on the stoic side, but between Disney exhaustion and the onset of intense frustration at myself, I started to cry."
Rachel's hubby tried consoling her, telling her it wasn't a big deal even though they both knew it really was. She tried forgetting what had happened by focusing on Mother's Day.
Her well-meaning girlfriends suggested she contact the airline to see if they had stumbled across the bag of milk, but she didn't hold out hope. As she was tucking her kids into bed that night, her husband told her he had received a text that someone had indeed found her bag of milk.
"Shocked, I read the first, of now many, (messages) from Jeff Nowotny, a United flight attendant who came on board our aircraft after we deplaned. I got on the phone with Jeff and found out that the impossible was possible. He had rescued my milk!"
Not only did he discover the misplaced milk, but he actually placed it on ice to try and salvage it. Rachel was stunned!
"I was overwhelmed to hear how much he cared about its worth. I was a perfect stranger. Not even a passenger he had met on board. Towards the end of his synopsis of how he had been tending to my bag o’ milk, he told me he was still in Miami, but would be flying back to Newark shortly, due to land around 11:30 p.m. He asked if I wanted to meet him at the airport, but frankly, I was not sure how going to Newark Airport at midnight was going to play out."
Figuring she was an exhausted mom, the steward decided to just pop by their home with the precious package. She couldn't believe his gesture.
"It’s Mother’s Day and I know how important this stuff is. Don’t even worry about it."
Facebook/Rachel Cohn Braverman
In the hopes of paying him back for his kindness, Rachel left a small token of her appreciation outside her front door along with a thank you note. She also reached out to the airline to let them know how incredible Jeff had been in going above and beyond in helping her out.
"This was not just customer service, this was the act of a selfless extraordinary human being."
Rachel also shared her saga and its happy ending on Facebook. People couldn't believe what the man had done for this frazzled and panicked mom.
How awesome is this story? Kudos to Jeff for his generosity and for going above and beyond.