Breastfeeding Mom Gets Sweet 'Thank You' From Waitress

"I got love, respect and a free pancake."
ByAnisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Published
Mar 2017
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You know how the story typically goes: Mom brings baby to a restaurant. Things go badly. But not this time. Isabelle Ames received a side of encouragement along with her breakfast order at one Arizona diner after a waitress spotted her breastfeeding.

According to a post Ames shared on Instagram, she was out to breakfast with her “very active 10-month-old” daughter Charlotte when Charlotte got hungry, so she began to nurse.

“It went okay, but lately it’s been extra difficult,” Ames writes. “She has a total of six 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.’”

Ames adds that she cried “instant tears” of happiness.

“For those of you who don’t understand why this is meaningful, I will put it into perspective,” she explains. “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.” She says Charlotte didn’t successfully latch until she was 6 weeks old.

“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.”

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