When a stranger approached Briar Lusia Mcqueen whilst she was breastfeeding her 8 week old baby in a cafe, the young mother feared the worst. We regularly hear stories of breastfeeding mothers being asked to move somewhere private or, worse, cover up, and Briar was concerned. But nothing could be further from the stranger’s thoughts.
For the woman sat down and proceeded to cut up Briar’s breakfast, so she could eat it at the same time as feeding her son at the cafe in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand.
Briar wrote on Facebook:
“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? I honestly could have cried, loveliest lady ever.”
After the post appeared on Facebook, Briar’s story went viral, receiving 123,000 likes, 5,467 comments and 3,884 shares.
So next time you see a young mother struggling with her kids, why not offer a hand.