Why This Mom Got a Free Drink for Breastfeeding at Starbucks
The public breastfeeding saga continues.
While waiting in line at a Starbucks in Ontario, Julia Wykes noticed her 5-month-old son becoming cranky and sat down to breastfeed him. The store was crowded, and soon after, a middle-aged female customer approached the counter to complain. "Could you get that woman to stop doing that in public? It is disgusting," she told the barista.
Yes, you did just read that another woman called public breastfeeding "disgusting." We'd also like to mention that the Ontario Human Rights Commission explicitly states that breastfeeding mothers have the right to nurse in public areas.
It gets better, though. The barista, a young guy, told the offended customer that he would take care of the problem, but instead of catering to her, he approached Julia with a smile and offered her a free refill. He also gave her a voucher for a free drink, and apologized for the fact that she had to deal with such unpleasantness.
The customer who complained left in a hurry.
Julia shared her story with the popular parenting blog, PhD in Parenting, who later wrote about Julia's experience on its Facebook page, where it went viral.
To recap: Breastfeeding rights: 1; grouchy onlookers: 0.