‘I called 911 for help after running out of breastmilk to feed my baby at 2am’

It goes without saying that most mums would stop at nothing to make sure their kids are well fed, but one mum has caused quite a stir after revealing the lengths she went to, to get her baby’s formula.

Shannon Bird is a well known influencer in the world of mummy Instagram, regularly sharing parenting tips and behind the scenes content of parental life.

However, in 2020 she went viral when she confessed to calling 911 in a bid to get police to bring her some baby formula in the middle of the night.

The mum-of-five had been breastfeeding her then-six-week-old baby when she found herself unable to produce anymore milk, leading to a very upset and hungry child.

Shannon’s husband was out of town and she thought she had frozen enough milk to keep her going in emergencies, but at 2am on January 28, 2020, she found herself completely out.

The influencer tried phoning several friends and family members to see if anyone could help, but no one was able to, so in a desperate bid to feed her starving child, she called 911 and asked if police could help.

“Before anyone judges me, I tried calling and texting people but no one was answering at 2am and I couldn’t leave my kids alone or drag them to the grocery store at 2am,” she Shannon explained on her Instagram story.

Her other four children were in bed asleep at the time, and one of them had a pot on for a broken leg, which would’ve made disturbing them eve more difficult.

Shannon called 911 and told the operator: “I’ve been calling neighbours and no one will answer. I’ve never been in this predicament ever. My milk just literally dried out. This is my fifth kid and this has never happened.”

Soon, police arrived at the mum’s door with some formula milk and she was so incredibly grateful for their help.

“They were my angels, I was so miserably scared and I had never been in such a crisis,” she explained on Instagram.

While many people were quick to praise the officers for coming to her rescue, others were quick to comment on Shannon’s privilege for being able to do so as a white woman.

“This is not what 911 is for. In some places, you’d get a ticket for misuse of emergency services. But, here is everyone enabling some more. Saying how heroic and brave this was. I can’t even handle it,” one follower commented.

Another added: “Flip this narrative and you would get a drastically different response. #whiteprivilege.”