Starbucks barista to the rescue!
Julia Wykes, from Ontario, never thought someone would complain about her nursing in public. When Julia brought her 5-month-old baby to Starbucks early in the morning she’d planned on getting a drink, but her little boy became fussy so she sat down for a moment to feed him.
A customer went to the front counter to complain about Julia breastfeeding in the coffee shop “Could you get that woman to stop doing that in public?” She said in a very loud voice, “It is disgusting”
And after the barista looked over and told the woman he’d take care of it, Julia began bracing herself for an argument. “Not just about the fact that breastfeeding is a legally protected right in Ontario, but also that surely a breastfeeding mother is better than a screaming baby!” she says.
Instead of telling her to cover up or leave, the young man of 18 or 19 approached with a smile on his face and offered Julia a free refill. He also gave her a voucher for a free drink the next time she stopped in. He apologised that she had to deal with such unpleasantness, and the complaining customer left in a hurry.
“At first I was flabbergasted by the woman’s response to public breastfeeding,” says Julia. “To have a young man be more kind and informed than a middle-aged woman who may have had children herself was a shock. And while it may be a huge multinational company, I am glad that such a positive experience occurred in a Starbucks, it shows that they employ good people.”
Breastfeeding in public stories don’t always have a happy ending, but I’m happy to see that this one did. “I just hope that experiences like this can show women that nursing in public is normal. If you are hungry when you’re running errands, you eat,” Julia says. “Why should we think that our babies are any different?”