Mum slams train passengers for not offering their seats. Picture: baby_led_weaning_club/Instagram
Mum slams train passengers for not offering their seats. Picture: baby_led_weaning_club/Instagram

Breastfeeding mum lashes out at train passengers

A MUM has lashed out at train passengers in a furious online rant after she was denied a seat while trying to breastfeed her six-month-old baby.

Kate Hitchens, 32, was travelling home to London on the train with her young son and was left shocked when no one in the packed carriage gave up their seat for her.

"What has the world come to that a mother has to stand up on a moving train breast feeding a wriggling and writhing 6 month old, 20lb baby," she wrote on Instagram.

On my way home from London on a packed commuter train and this is what I faced. What has the world come to that a mother has to stand up on a moving train breast feeding a wriggling and writhing 6 month old, 20lb baby?! The point here isn't just that I found it difficult because I was nursing (although that was bloody difficult!), but that not one person offered a mother carrying a small child a seat for around half an hour, or 3 stops! I could have asked, but I didn't. I felt silly. I shouldn't have to ask. Maybe some people didn't see. I know for a fact some did; they made eye contact and actually smiled at me. I was thinking stop smiling and offer me your seat please! One lady looked up from her book and immediately offered me her seat, another lady then sat in it and when the lovely lady said 'Oh excuse me I actually gave up my seat so this lady with a baby could sit down' the sitting lady shrugged, plugged her earphones in and closed her eyes! I like to think that she needed that seat more than me, perhaps she was newly pregnant and in that early exhaustion period, perhaps she was knackered after a day at work, perhaps she was ill. Or perhaps she was just a twat. I hope not. I can somewhat understand not offering your seat to someone elderly; perhaps they might be offended you think they look old! I can understand not offering your seat to someone you suspect might be pregnant; maybe it's just their time of the month or perhaps they are just naturaly curvy and they aren't pregnant; perhaps you worry you might offend them. I cannot get my head around not offering a parent with a child a seat. Next time you see someone with a child on a train - if you're able bodied and fit and healthy please offer your seat to them!

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She claims she had to stand for half an hour, all while struggling to nurse her baby.

"I could have asked, but I didn't. I felt silly. I shouldn't have to ask. Maybe some people didn't see," she said.

"I know for a fact some did; they made eye contact and actually smiled at me. I was thinking stop smiling and offer me your seat please!"

Ms Hitchens said that when one lady did notice and jumped up to offer her seat she was left in disbelief when another woman stole it.

Despite being informed that the seat was for someone else the woman refused to move and "shrugged, plugged her earphones in and closed her eyes."

Ms Hitchens claims she didn't ask anyone for their seat because she "felt silly" and "shouldn't have to."

She said she understands people not offering their seat to an elderly person or someone they think is pregnant for fear of offending them but claims there is no excuse for not getting up for a woman and her child.

"Next time you see someone with a child on a train - if you're able bodied and fit and healthy please offer your seat to them!"



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