Mom Nurses Baby In Restaurant, Waitress Writes Note On Check
FaithTap Staff 3/19/2018
Jackie Johnson-Smith has had three babies, and this fearless mom has nursed her munchkins in all sorts of places, both in public and private. When she went to out to eat at a brand new restaurant with her husband and wee little one in tow, she didn't know how the staff or customers would react.
When her kiddo started to get hungry, it seemed natural to feed the child in the same restaurant where they were eating. It wasn't until later that Jackie discovered that their server had written a note on their check shortly after she excused herself from the table.
Jackie has never been afraid of the perceived backlash about her breastfeeding habits. However, this surprising experience taught her a powerful lesson she wasn't expecting to learn.
This mom has seen it all when it comes to people reacting to her nursing one of her babies in public. They don't even have to tell Jackie how they feel, because their dagger-eyed glares or approving glances let her know exactly what's on their minds. On her Facebook page, Jackie mentions:
"I have breastfed three children... I have breastfed them in countless of places both pleasant and unpleasant, discreetly and out in the open. I have gotten many looks and stares..."
This particular night was different though. It was the first time that she had ventured inside the pizza restaurant in Des Moines, Iowa. The couple's waitress, Bodi, witnessed everything that unfolded, but she didn't say anything to the couple - at first.
Jackie had a very fussy baby, so she decided to nurse him right at their booth. Eventually she decided to excuse herself, so that she wouldn't disrupt the restaurant. However, Jackie didn't feel like anyone was forcing her into making the decision. It was her choice!
But, then the unsuspecting mom found out what the waitress really thought about her.
"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."
While Jackie was caring for her baby elsewhere, her husband stayed behind to pay the check. That's when he saw that their server had scrawled a hand-written comment on the receipt.
"I bought one of your pizzas. Please thank your wife for breastfeeding!"
Jackie said that Bodi's kind words erased any negativity that she had previously received about breastfeeding in front of others. Although it was fantastic that Jackie wasn't hassled for feeding her child inside the restaurant, she wanted to highlight the real gem of this story - girl power!
Bodi's sweet gesture lifted her spirits and made her feel empowered as a woman, and Jackie wants everyone to know:
"It is amazing how we women can make each other feel when we empower each other."
Women so often put each other down, but when we band together to support one another, the world better watch out! That's when really great things start to happen.