This note may have been no more than a collection of three or four sentences, but it had a significant impact on Jackie and her family and their community. Without knowing it, Jackie started a discussion about breastfeeding and the importance of normalizing it in public spaces. Thousands of other mothers joined the conversation, sharing their personal experiences with public breastfeeding.
The fact that Bodi, who wrote the note, wasn’t a mother herself made the discussion go beyond motherhood, it made it about the importance of women supporting each other. Many women who weren’t mothers themselves supported Bodi’s opinions about breastfeeding. Jackie was overwhelmed.
Imagining the Worst
No words could have described what Jackie was feeling when she came out of that bathroom and saw the waitress hand a note to her husband. She felt a range of emotions when she saw her husband take out his phone and take a photo of the note.
She was sure this was the beginning of the end, and her marriage was on the verge of being destroyed. Fortunately, none of this was true, and the situation was instead a show of kindness towards Jackie that she never expected. She was over the moon with joy when she realized what was actually going on.
Her Husband Was Also Moved
The moment the waitress handed him the bill and he realized she had written something on it, Jackie’s husband was also confused. But after reading the kind words, her humanity also profoundly touched him. He immediately thought to take a picture with his phone so he could share it with his friends and family.
The comments and reactions to Jackie’s post, which included her husband’s photo of the note, were overwhelmingly positive and kind. Everybody was excited and moved to see such support among women and mothers. Additionally, it seemed people were aware of the stigma attached to breastfeeding and were equally motivated to normalize it.
Jackie Didn’t Feel Alone Anymore
Bodi’s note had a tremendous impact. It went a long way in making Jackie feel less alone in terms of motherhood. She got this encouraging and kind note from a stranger and sparked an online community of mothers that would eventually become her friends.
Jackie knew she wasn’t the only mother out there being criticized for doing something so natural as feeding her child, but getting feedback from mothers around the world meant everything to her. It is absolutely preposterous that any mother would get judged, criticized, or even stared at for doing something so natural and necessary for their child.
Creating a Community
As one does after posting about a controversial topic online, Jackie was getting ready to fend off negative comments and criticisms. She was expecting people to get uncomfortable with the subject and was even preparing to have a nasty discussion on her social media.
To her surprise, this couldn’t have been farther from reality. The moment she posted Bodi’s note, she realized the number of women who felt the same and were equally tired of dealing with bad looks and comments. Jackie inadvertently created a much-needed online community centered on public breastfeeding and motherhood in general.