A UK mother of two says she was forced to stand on a “packed commuter train” in London while breastfeeding her baby because no-one would offer her a seat.
But she also says she didn’t ask anyone to move because: “I shouldn’t have to ask”.
Kate Hitchens posted a selfie to Instagram breastfeeding her six-month-old son Charlie along with a post detailing her attempts to find a seat.
“On my way home from London on a packed commuter train and this is what I faced,” she said.
“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.”
Ms Hitchens said one woman looked up from a book and offered her a seat, but before she could sit down it was taken by another woman.
“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!,” Ms Hitchens said.
The parenting blogger said she understood the hesitation some commuters might have offering a seat to someone suspected of being pregnant or elderly.
“I cannot get my head around not offering a parent with a child a seat,” she said.
“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.”