OUTRAGE! Mum forced to stand on train and breastfeed when no-one offers her a seat
She was on there for 30 minutes!
By Frances Sheen
September 07 2018
A mum was forced to stand on a packed train and breastfeed her son after no-one offered her a seat.
Kate Hitchens has described feeling 'uncomfortable and embarrassed' after she was forced to stand on a packed train and breastfeed her six-month-old little boy.
The UK mother of two revealed on Instagram that she stood for 30 minutes on the train while other passengers sat down and watched her without offering to let her sit.
The 32-year-old posted a photo of herself standing on the train feeding little Charlie while passengers sat behind and she fumed, 'offer your seat to a mother carrying a child.'
She wrote, '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!'
Admitting that she didn't approach anyone for a seat, she wrote, '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!'
Kate added that one woman did initially offer a seat but it was taken by someone else.
'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!'
Kate, who is also mum to three-year-old Oliver, later revealed the whole incident had left her disappointed and angry.
She told MailOnline: "As the train moved he pulled and it hurt. I also felt uncomfortable myself as I accidentally exposed more of myself to the people standing around me than I usually would sitting down, trying to hold him wriggling in one arm whilst sorting myself out with the other hand was difficult. Usually I balance him on my knee so I have both hands free and can do my top up discreetly."