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Breastfeeding mum forced to stand for 30 minutes after passengers refused to give up seats on packed train!

Breastfeeding mum forced to stand for 30 minutes after passengers refused to give up seats on packed train!

Kate Hitchens said she felt 'uncomfortable and embarrassed' as she was forced to stand while feeding six-month-old Charlie.

A mum was forced to stand on a packed commuter train while breastfeeding her son after no one offered her their seat.

Mum-of-two Kate Hitchens said she felt 'uncomfortable and embarrassed' as she stood for 30 minutes feeding six-month-old Charlie.

She claims fellow commuters noticed her but did not offer a seat during her journey home from Stratford to Wickford in Essex on Tuesday after a work event.

The 32-year-old posted a photo of her standing on the train with passengers sat behind her as she fumed at people to 'offer your seat to a mother carrying a child.'

Kate admitted that she didn't ask anyone for a seat because she felt 'silly having to ask' but she added: "I shouldn't have to ask."

She said a few people looked at her and even smiled while remaining put.

However, she says one lady who was reading immediately offered her a seat when she looked up from her book.

But as she did another woman jumped into it and when she was questioned just "shrugged, plugged her earphones in and closed her eyes."

Kate said she liked to think she needed it, but feared she may have just been a "t***."

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."

She said she had spent the afternoon in after a work event and had found people really friendly and helpful on the underground, helping with my buggy up stairs and offering their seats.

But later she was left disappointed when she boarded her commuter train back home and the youngster began crying out for a feed, there was no offers of somewhere to sit.

Frustrated, the blogger snapped a selfie on the train, which has now built-up 600 likes in a matter of hours.

Kate, who is also mother to three-year-old Oliver, wrote on the post: ""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."

 

 

She added: "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 naturally 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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