A mom from the group recently gave a thank-you card to Marcelle Streeter, a mother of four, who told Kidspot, "She totally surprised me, and walking past, she said, 'I just want to thank you.' I wasn't quite sure what it was about but said thank you anyway. After reading the card I really wanted to thank her properly but unfortunately she didn't return."
Lauren Threadgate is one of the founders of Breastfeeders of Australia, a group described as "a place for breastfeeders in Australia to come together to share stories and ask questions without fear of discrimination." There is also a closed Facebook group where moms who breastfeed have formed a community, almost 30,000 members strong.
Threadgate told Kidspot about handing out the thank-you cards like the one Streeter received, "I myself have given out lots of our cards. It can feel a bit nerve wracking to give someone a card because I'm always mindful of not making the mum feel uncomfortable, and I don't want to be a distraction to her or her little one. I usually say 'I have these cards to give to breastfeeders. You're doing a wonderful job!'"
She hopes that after the moms have finished feeding their babies, they feel good about being recognized by a fellow mama. I'm sure it is a bit awkward in the moment, but if a card can help empower a mom who breastfeeds, and make her feel less alone or judged about feeing her baby in public, clearly that's a good thing! After all, couldn't we moms use more support and less shame?
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