A mother who was breastfeeding in a cafe expected a confrontation, but instead experienced a random act of kindness from a stranger.
New mother Briar Lusia Mcqueen was breastfeeding her son in a local cafe while she tried to eat breakfast, when an older woman approached her, according to the Daily Mail. Mcqueen expected the woman to tell her to cover up, but instead, she began to cut her food for her so that it wouldn't get cold, and told her that she was a good mom.
In a post that went viral on Facebook, Mcqueen described her encounter with the older woman as a "really sweet moment."
"Today was the first time I went out for breakfast alone with my 8 week old son,"wrote Mcqueen on Facebook. "I had just received my breakfast and hot chocolate when Jaxon started crying wanting his booby so of course I fed him."
"After a few minutes this older lady walked up to me, I was scared, thinking she was gonna tell me to put my boob away," she continued. "Instead she starts cutting up my breakfast for me and said 'what a good mama you are, we can't have your food getting cold can we.'"
The stranger's act of kindness strongly affected Mcqueen, who said she "honestly could have cried." Mcqueen's Facebook post gained over 123,000 likes and more than 5,000 comments, many from mothers who shared their own public breastfeeding experiences.
"I remember getting a thumbs up and a round of applause from an older lady in the Lake land cafe when I fed Callum there, so sweet," commented one woman on the post.
In the U.S., 79% of infants are breastfed, according to the Center for Disease Control. On a federal level, the law in the U.S. is on the side of mothers who choose to publicly breastfeed, with Public Law 106-58, Section 647 stating that a woman may breastfeed her child at any federal building, provided there are no state or local laws against it, according to BreastfeedingUSA.com.
"It is so lovely to see a good reaction to a mother feeding her baby for once! What a lovely lady," wrote another commenter on Mcqueen's post.