Breastfeeding mum's rant at passengers on public transport goes viral

parenting 07/09/2018

A breastfeeding mother has taken to Instagram to complain after being forced to stand up for a half-hour-long train journey.

Essex mother Kate Hitchens said she had to feed her six-month-old baby while standing on a crowded train after commuters failed to offer her a seat.

One person did offer her somewhere to sit, but another female passenger quickly took the spot and refused to move ven when told it was intended for somebody else.

"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," Ms Hitchens said.

"Perhaps she was just a twat. I hope not."

Over 1000 people liked the post from Ms Hitchen's account @baby_led_weaning_club, which has over 12,000 followers.

Ms Hitchens said she could have asked people to move, but felt self-conscious and did not say anything. She was aware other passengers could see her though as some caught her eye and even smiled at her.

"I was thinking, 'Stop smiling and offer me your seat please'," she said.

She ended her post with a message to anyone else commuting on the train: if you think somebody needs the seat, give it to them.

"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!"