Waitress surprises breastfeeding mom struggling over breakfast

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A breastfeeding mom is sharing an emotional experience she had last week, after receiving a short note passed to her by a waitress in a café in Arizona.

Isabelle Ames has a 10-month-old daughter named Charlotte. After struggling to “wrangle” her baby and managing just a sip of coffee during the process, Ames sensed Charlotte was hungry and started nursing her daughter at the café booth — a task that had become difficult for the new mom to achieve in public.

Soon after, she was approached by a waitress named Erica who handed her a simple note. Ames posted a photo of the handwritten note on Instagram on Wednesday, sending the Erica’s surprise gesture viral.

The note said “Thank you for breastfeeding here! Much love and respect!!!”

Ames recalls having she burst into tears, touched by the letter, she gave Erica a hug. The mom explained why the interaction was so meaningful in the caption.

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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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“She has a total of six teeth now, and we have both been sick for a week,” Ames wrote. “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.’”

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“Breastfeeding is one of the hardest things I have done, next to labor,” she wrote. “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.”

But hearing recognition and gratitude from a complete stranger gave Ames a sense of empowerment.

“So often, before I feed Charlotte in public I get a twinge of fear. ‘OK, 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.”

The mom concluded her post by thanking her fellow parent, Erica, and evoking the hashtags #normalizebreastfeeding #lovewins.

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