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Waitress thanks a mom for breast feeding by buying her pizza

Posted by on Jul. 19, 2013 at 2:00 AM
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Waitress 'thanks' customer for breastfeeding by paying for her pizza
by Jessica Ivins • Jul 18 - 7:32pm
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DES MOINES, Iowa — A nursing mom was left "speechless and emotional" after a server at an Iowa restaurant bought her a pizza to "thank" her for breastfeeding.
Jackie Johnson-Smith and her husband decided to try out Fongs Pizza for the first time last weekend. When her baby grew fussy, Johnson-Smith tried nursing him at the table before walking out to avoid disturbing other customers.

But the stress quickly melted away when her husband handed her the receipt from their meal. On it, their waitress had written a note that read, "I bought one of your pizzas. Please thank your wife for breastfeeding!" Johnson-Smith shared a picture of the note on Facebook. The post has been shared over 2,500 times in the past four days and generated dozens of "likes" and comments.

"Although I don't need a pat on the back for feeding my child, it sure felt amazing," she wrote. "It is amazing how we as women can make each other feel when we empower each other."

The waitress — Bodi Kinney — said her actions were motivated by a need to band together as women and mothers.

"It's kind of a taboo and society kind of frowns upon it," she told Iowa news station KCCI. "We need to come together and support each other when it comes to nursing our children." This uplifting tale comes on the heels of several high-profile stories where mothers were ridiculed for breastfeeding in public.

An Indiana mother received a public apology from American Airlines in April after one of its flight attendants "humiliated" her for trying to use her pre-approved electric breast pump on a flight. And earlier this month, the New York Post told the story of a Belgian diplomat's wife who was asked to nurse her child in the bathroom of a New York country club where she was eating lunch. When the couple expressed frustration, a police officer allegedly compared them to "terrorists."

Johnson-Smith said though she's been the recipient of many negative looks and stares over the course of breastfeeding three children, her experience at Fongs blasted those bad memories out of the water.

"Tonight erases any negativity I have ever received," she said.

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by Member on Jul. 19, 2013 at 2:17 AM

That is wonderful!  After so many years of hiding my breastfeeding and feeling ashamed in public, I have finally nursed in public with confidence with my latest baby.  I'm tired of sitting on a toilet to feed my child or feel I have to hide.  I used to be afraid of men or young children seeing me breastfeed but as my other children get older I think them being used to me breastfeeding their siblings has brought on a new-found respect that not every child can grow up to have.  My boys do not view breasts as objects like a lot of boys their age do...or giggle about them.  They know what they are for!  LOL  

 I choose to be discreet when I publicly breastfeed but if someone were staring long enough they might get an accidental nip slip.  But I now realize that if they weren't staring at me then they never would have seen anything in the first place.  Thankfully my nursing in public with my littlest one has gone very well for us! =)

I don't think any mom should feel ashamed for how she chooses to feed her baby/toddler (breast or bottle) and I'm glad to see support going out to new moms period! =)



Jessa, mama to:

Alyssa(11), Autumn(10), Mariah(9), Matthew(9), Blake(7), Laila(3), Athena(10 mo), Sage(m/c 4/13), and our newest EDD 03/20/14!!!

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