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Surprising Stranger’s Note Brought A Breastfeeding Mum To Tears

A surprising note from a complete stranger left a mum in tears while she was breastfeeding her daughter in a restaurant one day.

Isabella Ames received a short, handwritten note from a waitress while she was nursing, and she says she was overcome with emotion when she read it.

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WARNING: You’re going to need a box of tissues to read this incredible story!!

Touching Letter From A Complete Stranger

Isabella took to Instagram to share the heartfelt note, which read: “Thank you for breastfeeding here. Much love and respect, Erica.”

What’s more, she says this act of kindness has restored her faith in humanity! 

“I am still teary eyed writing this hours later. While at breakfast this morning I was doing my usual thing- trying to wrangle a very active ten month old while trying get at least one sip of my coffee,” Isabella says.

I am still teary eyed writing this hours later. While at breakfast this morning I was doing my usual thing- trying to wrangle a very active ten month old while trying get at least one sip of my coffee. When Charlotte got hungry, I started breastfeeding her. It went okay, but lately it’s been extra difficult. She has a total of 6 teeth now, and we have both been sick for a week. When she finished, my server came over and said, “this pancake is from me, to you. Here is a little note to explain why.” She then began to tell me how “us mommas gotta look out for each other”. Instant tears. I gave this incredibly sweet stranger a hug and cried again. For those of you who don’t understand why this is meaningful, I will put it into perspective. Breastfeeding is one of the hardest things I have done, next to labor. No one prepares you for it, but everyone expects you to be excellent at it. You feel like a complete failure when it doesn’t happen right away. For the first two weeks after Charlotte was born, I could only pump and cry because I was so broken-hearted that I couldn’t get her to latch. Then for the next 4 weeks, I could only breastfeed with a nipple shield. It was better than pumping but still not the same. It was not until about 6 weeks after she was born that she latched for first time and I was able to successfully breastfeed. I cried tears of relief and ecstatic joy. Even at 10 months old, it is still hard some days, without even talking about breastfeeding. I haven’t slept in days because she is sick. I am beyond exhausted. Yesterday I got so frustrated I screamed fifty curse words into a pillow. That’s #momlife some days. But for a complete stranger to see me, and say “thank you”. I felt like she was there on my journey the whole time, and she knew how many times I wanted to give up but I didn’t. So often, before I feed Charlotte in public I get a twinge of fear. “Okay, this is the time. Someone is going to harass me. They are going to yell at me. Someone is going to tell me I can’t do this here.” But not today. Today I got love, respect and a free pancake. Thank you to my fellow momma, Erica ❤ #normalizebreastfeeding #lovewins

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“When Charlotte got hungry, I started breastfeeding her. It went okay, but lately it’s been extra difficult. She has a total of 6 teeth now, and we have both been sick for a week. When she finished, my server came over and said, “this pancake is from me, to you. Here is a little note to explain why.”

“She then began to tell me how “us mommas gotta look out for each other”. Instant tears. I gave this incredibly sweet stranger a hug and cried again.”

‘Breastfeeding Is One Of The Hardest Things I Have Done’

Me: “Charlie, smile for mommy! Charlie: “uh what?” #momlife

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Isabella, who is from Arizona in the U.S., says she is bowled over by the support she received from the waitress because her journey to breastfeeding hasn’t been an easy one.

She says: “For those of you who don’t understand why this is meaningful, I will put it into perspective. Breastfeeding is one of the hardest things I have done, next to labor (sic). No one prepares you for it, but everyone expects you to be excellent at it.

“You feel like a complete failure when it doesn’t happen right away. For the first two weeks after Charlotte was born, I could only pump and cry because I was so broken-hearted that I couldn’t get her to latch.

“Then for the next 4 weeks, I could only breastfeed with a nipple shield. It was better than pumping but still not the same. It was not until about 6 weeks after she was born that she latched for first time and I was able to successfully breastfeed.

“Today I got love, respect and a free pancake. Thank you to my fellow momma, Erica #normalizebreastfeeding #lovewins.”

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Needless-to-say, this moving story has gone viral.

Isabella told The Healthy Mummy she shared her story because it was such a positive experience.

“I wanted to share my story because it was so positive and encouraging” she says.

“It really touched me and I will never forget it. A lot of stories related to breastfeeding are often negative, but not mine! The reaction has been amazing and unexpected all at once.

“I hope this encourages people to support breastfeeding mums and even hand similar notes out.

“Spread love and respect. I’ll definitely do the same for another parent.”

Aww, we’re welling up here! What a beautiful and inspiring story. We totally agree that more people need to spread the love and respect to parents.

For breastfeeding support you can call the Australian Breastfeeding Association and speak to a fellow mum on 1800 686 268.

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