Unfortunately, much of society is still squeamish when it comes to breastfeeding. Many people expect new mothers to sit in a restroom stall or in their car whenever baby gets hungry. So when new mom, Briar Lusia Mcqueen, went out for breakfast with just her 8-week-old son, Jaxon, for the first time, she was at a loss as to what to do when Jaxon started crying out of hunger. Most moms might have gotten up and found a private location to feed him, but Lusia had already ordered her meal and she didn’t want to skip out on the restaurant. So she covered up and fed Jaxon right there at the table.
Soon afterward, Briar’s meal arrived, but since she was preoccupied with the baby, she couldn’t cut it up. That’s when an elderly lady approached her and Briar began to get nervous. “I was scared, thinking she was gonna tell me to put my boob away,” Lusia wrote in a Facebook post. But that is not what happened.
Briar was pleasantly surprised when instead of reprimanding her for breastfeeding in public, the elderly lady started cutting up her breakfast for her!
“What a good mama you are, we can’t have your food getting cold now can we?” the woman said.
In a wonderful turn of events, Briar was able to feed her baby and eat her breakfast while it was still warm. Best of all, though, she learned that compassion lies in the most unlikely of places.
Lusia was so touched by the incident that she took to Facebook immediately afterward:
“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, 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, 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.”
It’s not every day that a stranger will reach out to help a new mom. Most people don’t understand how difficult motherhood can be. This lady, however, clearly does, making her more compassionate than most to the new mom’s plight.
Briar’s reaction to the older lady’s compassion is just a reminder to us all that even the smallest acts of kindness can make a person’s day. So, when you’re out and about this week, look around you and see who can use some help. Whether it be a new mom trying to eat and feed her baby, or an older person who needs help carrying their groceries, offer to lend a helping hand–you never know whose day you might make by doing so.