The news is constantly filled with stories about breast-feeding mamas getting harassed for feeding their babies in public. From the breast-feeding mom who was booted from her Delta airlines flight for refusing to cover her baby's head while he ate, to the mom who felt humiliated by Target employees when she was breast-feeding her baby in the store, to that infamous Time magazine cover, it seems like more often than not, the stories we hear about breastfeeding in public are negative.
But not this one.
In this story, a breast-feeding mom not only got praise for nursing her child in public, she got a free meal out of it too.
Jackie Johnson-Smith, a stay-at-home mother from Ankeny, Iowa was celebrating her birthday recently with her husband and their three kids, ages 4, 3, and 12 months at Fong's Pizza in Des Moines, Iowa when her youngest started fussing. “I usually don’t go downtown for dinner because lots of places aren’t family-friendly but I had heard good things about Fong’s,” Johnson-Smith said in an interview with Yahoo! Shine. So the mom of three started nursing, adding, “I usually don’t like to breastfeed in public because people can be judgmental,” she says. “The waitress kept walking by, and I was worried she didn’t want me nursing in the restaurant.”
Imagine her surprise when the bill came and Johnson-Smith found out that her waitress had paid for a portion of their dinner to thank her for nursing her baby. The handwritten note on the bill read, ‘I bought one of your pizzas. Please thank your wife for breastfeeding!’
“I was in total shock and started tearing up,” said Johnson-Smith. “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.”
Johnson-Smith posted a photo of her receipt on Facebook along with this 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."
Thumbs up to Johnson-Smith and for that super-supportive waitress!
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