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Student thanks breastfeeding mother for easing 'stigma for future moms like me'

A college student made a surprising gesture to a mom she saw in a restaurant breastfeeding her baby.
/ Source: TODAY

A mother breastfeeding her baby at a fast-food restaurant recently attracted the attention of a young woman who reacted in a most kind and unexpected way.

The nursing mom shared details of what happened with the Facebook page, “Peaceful Parenting,” which posted the story last week.

“My friends and I were at Chipotle today and it was packed with students from a nearby college. One girl ran over, dropped this on the table, smiled and walked out the door,” the mom wrote in the caption of a photo of a $15 gift card.

“So amazing to see what we are doing is having an impact on future generations!"

The young student had written a message for the mom on her gift card: ""Thank you for breastfeeding in public — helping reduce the stigma for future moms like me. You rock!”

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The post elicited praise on Facebook for the young student and her ability to grasp the significance of what she saw.

“It's amazing that the girl didn't need to have kids to understand that there is a stigma occurring,” wrote Kylee Logan, who lauded the student as selfless and open-minded.

“This is a HUGE deal. So many people (myself at times) are so caught up in their world that they cannot see literally and figuratively the struggles of others. OR they have to have the experience themselves to feel that empathy. Her words alone are precious gifts."

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