This breastfeeding mom’s post about a stranger’s act of kindness is going viral
When most moms write viral posts about breastfeeding, it’s usually because they were shamed. Luckily, that’s not the case for this mother from New Zealand, who posted on Facebook about a kind gesture from a stranger that made her feel supported and brought her to tears as she breastfed her eight-week-old son.
Lusia Briar McQueen wrote in her post that she was out to breakfast with her son, Jaxon, for the very first time, when he started crying and acting hungry. This, of course, happened just as her food and a delicious hot chocolate arrived, because fun fact: the universe has a law against moms ever getting to eat a hot meal.
McQueen started breastfeeding her son, and that’s when something kind of adorable happened. “After a few minutes this older lady walked up to me,” she recalled. “I was scared, thinking she was gonna tell me to put my boob away, instead she starts cutting up my breakfast for me.”
Instead of berating her, McQueen said the woman told her, “What a good mama you are, we can’t have your food getting cold, can we?”
The new mom said she almost started crying and referred to the woman as “the loveliest lady ever.” Since she posted her story, it’s been liked over 274,000 times and shared by almost 11,000 people. Thousands have also left comments praising the older woman’s kindness and sharing their own inspiring stories. Wrote one mom:
“I was on Holiday in Scotland from Texas. We stopped in a pub for a place to sit and have a pint. My 5 mo old daughter demanded feeding, so I put her on the boob. Immediately I was surrounded by a group of older women praising me for my dedication, asking if I needed any more to drink, or food, and blessing my daughter and me!! Wonderful experience.”
It’s amazing how much impact a small act of kindness can have, especially on exhausted new moms. Having an eight-week-old isn’t easy. Nursing isn’t easy. Moms need the village behind them, supporting them, looking out for them. And that’s exactly what this woman did.
It seems like parents are judged more than ever lately, but McQueen’s post is a lovely reminder that some people really do understand how difficult life with kids can be. If this older woman has children, she likely choked down her fair share of ice cold meals, breastfed at many inopportune moments, and made nothing short of a million sacrifices for her own family. She gets it, and her sweet act is a gesture of support and love that helped at least one other parent feel like someone has their back.
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