Being a mom is hard, and being a brand new mom is particularly tough. That is why The Willows Café & Wine Bar in Willoughby, near Sydney made up our minds to place an indication within the window inviting new mothers to come on in to breastfeed their baby and have a cup of tea.
“Pop in [and] have a free cup of tea if you need a pit stop,” the sign reads. “No need to eat, no need to ask — please relax.”Delightful, indeed. It’s such a simple gesture, but it sends a big message: Namely, that breastfeeding mothers deserve welcome and support in public spaces, not shaming.
Any new mom will attest to the fact that breastfeeding is hard, and feeding a baby when you’re out and about is even harder. Finding a clean, comfortable place to breastfeed is a challenge in itself, and women who breastfeed in public often face stares and whispers from others, if not outright rudeness. So imagine how refreshing it must be for breastfeeding mothers to walk into a place that not only openly welcomes them, but actually greets them with a good, strong cuppa. What could be better?