Mom Earns Free Pizza for Breastfeeding in Public

A Des Moines waitress applauds her customer for refusing to feed her child in the bathroom.
Breastfeeding in public isn't always met with a welcome attitude from bystanders. (Photo: Paul Bradbury/Getty Images)
Jul 18, 2013· 0 MIN READ
A Bay Area native, Andri Antoniades has previously worked as a fashion industry journalist and a medical writer.

Often a woman who breastfeeds in public is shown the same kind of disdain as if she’d dropped her pants and urinated in the middle of Target. Never mind that she’s feeding her child—with nutritious food created by her own miraculous body—breastfeeding has still become an act that plenty think belongs in a bathroom.

They’re wrong, according to Des Moines waitress Bodi Kenney, who thanked one of her customers for breastfeeding in public by paying for a pizza she’d ordered.

Jackie Johnson-Smith was out with her children and husband enjoying dinner at a local restaurant when her baby got fussy, so for some time she breastfed him at the table. When her husband went to pay the bill, he returned with the receipt and a message of gratitude from their waitress, which read: “I bought one of your pizzas. Please thank your wife for breastfeeding!”

Kinney is a mom herself and told a local news station she wanted to support other mothers who choose to feed their kids without shame.

(Photo: Jackie Johnson-Smith/Facebook)

Later Johnson-Smith posted about it on her Facebook page, explaining:

Although I don't need a pat on the back for feeding my child, it sure felt amazing. It is amazing how we women can make each other feel when we empower each other.