A mother in New Zealand says she was nearly moved to tears by a stranger’s random act of kindness while dining out with her newborn son.
On Monday, Briar Mcqueen says her breakfast order had just arrived at the table while she out at a neighborhood café when her nine-week old baby Jaxon began squirming-- the universal baby signal for “feed me.” Instead of feeding herself, the new mom began to breastfeed her hungry son.
But just a few minutes into the feeding session, Mcqueen says a stranger approached her table.
“Today was the first time I went out for breakfast alone with my 8 week old son, I had just received my breakfast and hot chocolate when Jaxon started crying wanting his booby so of course I fed him,” Mcqueen recalled in a Facebook post. She continues, “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.”
But instead of reprimanding the new mother, the stranger just wanted to offer a helping hand.
"'What a good mama putting your son first, let me cut your food up for you so you can eat with one hand. We can’t have your food going cold, can we?’” Mcqueen says the woman told her.
The stranger, who Mcqueen has not named, proceeded to cut up the new mother's eggs and toast.
“I started to well up and couldn’t thank her enough. I was so surprised and in complete awe of her. I forgot to ask her name but I just thanked her over and over again and then she just walked off like it was nothing,” Mcqueen told Australian parenting blog Kidspot. “I was smiling all day about it.”
The new mother shared her experience on Facebook and the post has started to go viral with over 270,000 likes and 10,000 shares. Mcqueen says she thinks the post has resonated with so many people due to frequent reports of backlash against public breastfeeding.
“I think it’s taken off like this because with all the negative crap going on in the world right now people just lose hope in humanity,” she says. “So when a beautiful person like this woman comes along it just warms everyone’s hearts and simply spreads happiness! Who doesn’t love to read a story about such an amazing person like this?”
In March, a breastfeeding mother claims she was asked to leave a Pizza Hut in Ohio while feeding her newborn son at a table, despite the fact that Ohio law states that “a mother is entitled to breast-feed her baby in any location of a place of public accommodation wherein the mother otherwise is permitted.”