London: A breast feeding mother who was forced to stand on a packed train after nobody offered her a seat has written about her experience in an angry Instagram post on Thursday. Kate Hitchens, a blogger from UK, was travelling home to Wickford from London during the rush hour, reports showed.
The 32-year-old blogger was travelling with her six-month-old son, Charlie. She says that not one person offered her a seat for nearly half an hour as she struggled to stand while nursing her baby. “What has the world come to that a mother has to stand up on a moving train breast feeding a wriggling and writhing six-month-old, 20lb baby?” Hitchens asked.
“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!” she added. She goes on to say that when one woman finally did offer her a seat, someone took it before she could.
‘This is unacceptable!’
While many have supported her, some viewers have also criticised her post. ‘Oh no, unacceptable,’ one person on Facebook said. While another person wrote, ‘Struggling but managed to get a selfie for her blog post though.’
‘I am embarrassed’
Hitchens told BBC that the experience left her feeling ’embarrassed and flustered’. She said, ‘This is not about breast vs bottle-feeding – it is about being kind and showing common courtesy. If I saw someone struggling, whether it was with a baby, some heavy bags or a pile of books, I would give them my seat.’
‘I shouldn’t have to ask, right!’
I could have asked for a seat, but I didn’t. I felt silly. I shouldn’t have to ask. One lady looked up 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. Or perhaps she was just a twat!
(With inputs from Agencies)