With public health officials and federal laws promoting breastfeeding, and a national push to normalize and respect mothers’ rights to breastfeed, this Facebook post has thousands of people liking and sharing a mother’s story of what was supposed to be a routine visit to the dentist.
The anonymous poster to the popular Facebook page Breastfeeding Mama Talk wrote:
"I had to go to the dentist this morning to get my teeth cleaned. While getting my teeth cleaned, my almost seven month old needed to nurse. So I nursed her. I had brought a friend with me to keep my daughter entertained while getting my teeth worked on. I pumped a bottle and everything! But there came a point when my daughter wasn't having it! Thankfully the dental hygienist had finished using the sharper objects in my mouth. I asked her if I could nurse my daughter. She was super supportive! And loved watching me do it! She said I was the first to ever do it! So as she continued to work on my teeth, she began narrating what she was doing to me; talking to my daughter. It was a great experience!
Hundreds shared her post and thousands reacted with comments of positivity and support, some women even sharing their own similar stories: “I went in for my 6 week post op from my c section and had to nurse while getting a pap smear. My doctor was awesome about it. I love positive stories like yours,” posted one commenter.
Created five years ago and now boasting almost 1 million followers, the BFMT Facebook page describes itself as a “breastfeeding support page,” but not limited to only that, promoting “peaceful parenting and more,” with a website also providing community forums.
And kudos to the dental hygienist who was not only supportive, but narrated the remaining procedure to the hungry baby. That mom surely left the dentist’s office that day with a smile.