The Solito family were having a seemingly normal day at Target when 15-month-old Emma started fussing. However, her 10-year-old sister was taking her time choosing the toys she would exchange for the gift cards she had gotten on her birthday, so the family couldn’t go home just yet, ABC News reports.
Like many breastfeeding moms, Danielle Solito knew that she had to nurse her baby in public to calm her down. Her husband Jason immediately got a cart so his wife could sit down while nursing little Emma.
Danielle’s mother-in-law, who had accompanied them, thought the sight hilarious. “[She was] cracking up,” Danielle told ABC News. “She was bending over she was laughing so hard. Then Emma props her foot up. She thought it was hilarious.”
Her mother-in-law took a photo, which Solito shared with the Breastfeeding Mama Talk (BFMT) Facebook page. As of this writing, the post has garnered over 13,000 likes, 770 shares, and over 500 comments—most of them, thankfully, positive.
On the next page: Danielle Solito’s reaction to the photo’s viral status.
Danielle didn’t expect her photo to get as much attention as it has gotten, but thinks that people have responded to it because “it shows a husband being supportive, pushing us around, rather than having us go somewhere else.”
“A dad can part of the feeding process even though their baby is breastfed”
Dads who support their breastfeeding wives, especially in public, really make a difference. Instead of feeling forced to use a nursing room, and in the process, lose the opportunity to bond with her 10-year-old daughter, Danielle could remain present with her entire family and feed her baby at the same time. (And it must have been nice to be pushed around like a princess on a carriage as well!)
“I love when moms share these kinds of photos/stories with us because it just goes to show that, yes, a dad can very much so be part of the feeding process even though their baby is breastfed,” BFMT founder Kristy Kemp wrote. “No bottles required to help with the feedings.”
READ: 5 Ways dads can help moms breastfeeding in public
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