Not everyone understands the struggles of mothers with newborns. Although babies are cute little bundles of joy, the first few months are a challenge for their mothers, they go from painful labors to sleep-deprived weeks.
Besides that, society made it difficult for mothers when they go outside to get some fresh air with their babies, as they’re constantly being judged by strangers for how they choose to care for their children.
Briar Lusia McQueen took to Facebook to share her experience when she was out with her then 8-week-old baby.
Little Jaxon McQueen was a feisty baby and it took all of his mother’s energy to keep him healthy and happy. Jaxon’s mom decided that she had to get out of the house for her own sanity, so she took him with her to the nearest diner for breakfast one morning.
It is learned that Jaxon had been fed before they left home, so Briar expected some peace for the next hour or two.
However, just as her food and hot chocolate arrived, Briar sensed her baby waking up. Before she could have a single bite, Jaxon decided that he wanted to be fed too.
Briar did what any mother would do, she put aside her breakfast and pulled her son close to feed him. Now mind you, Briar is still not used to feeding Jaxon is public yet, but she refused to let her son go hungry just to appease other people’s sense of normality.
She decided that she was willing to risk disapproval if it meant Jaxon was nourished.
After several minutes, Briar sensed someone coming towards her table. She looked up and saw an elderly woman.
Briar thought she was about to be chided for breastfeeding in public, so, she braced herself for a scuffle but then stared in surprise as the elderly woman picked up her knife and fork and began cutting her food into bite-sized pieces.
The older woman smiled at Briar and complimented her,
“What a good mama you are, we can’t have your food getting cold, can we?”
That was why the lady thought to come over and cut the food so Briar could eat with one hand. She did not expect such a thoughtful gesture from a complete stranger.
When she got home, she decided to share the story with her family and friends on Facebook. Her post garnered loads of attention, more than Briar had expected with over 13,000 shares. A Facebook page, Love What Matters, soon picked up the story and made it viral.
The comment section was filled with experiences of mothers around the world, some wonderful and some infuriating. Everyone agreed that Briar’s post gave them hope in humanity as it wasn’t just about a stranger being kind, it was also beautiful to see a woman reaching out to help another woman.
We need to make it a point that breastfeeding in public is a perfectly normal thing to do. You don’t know what the mother had to go through to bring her baby to the world, she has all rights to nurse her baby regardless of where she is. Babies need to eat, just like you and I. Help the mother out instead of judging her!
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