A mother has slammed “inconsiderate” commuters for refusing to give up their seat on a packed train, causing her to sit in the train floor to breastfeed her baby.
Sophie Molineux, 22, was travelling from Shropshire to Ludlow Castle with her partner Rob Moore, 25, and their one-year-old son Chester Moore on Tuesday. However, the train was packed and they couldn’t find a seat on the train.
This meant they had to stand in the aisle taking turns to hold the baby. In the course of the 30-minute journey, their son became hungry Sophie and had to sit on the floor of the moving train to breastfeed him.
Miss Molineux, from Shrewsbury, said: “There were around 50 people in the carriage and not one person moved. We were stood in the aisle with seats either side of us so both sides of the train could see us stood there and no-one moved.”
She added: “It was pretty shocking. We don’t have a car so we always travel by public transport.
“There were so many people able on that train to stand up I was surprised when we came in with a young baby that didn’t want to be in his pram that no-one offered us a seat.
“We’ve never experienced that many people not acknowledging the fact we’ve got a young child with us having to be held while stood up on a moving train, let alone breastfeeding.”
She said if she could help it, she wouldn’t have sat in the floor but her baby was hungry and kept tugging on her shirt so she had no choice.
She explained: “Obviously I’d rather not sit on the dirty floor of a moving train breastfeeding him, it wasn’t the nicest place, but I didn’t really have much choice.”
Miss Molineux said people walking past to her to go to the toilet looked at her as she fed her child, but still no-one offered her a seat.
“They just looked at me acknowledging what I was doing and then giving a blank expression. It was almost like they were not wanting to draw too much attention to themselves because they didn’t want to offer me their seat.”
The 22-year-old said she hopes that fit and healthy commuters will use “common sense” and offer seats to parents with young children.
She said: “I was more concerned about Chester’s safety. I’m fairly confident about breastfeeding in public but I would probably have felt more uncomfortable about the situation if my partner hadn’t have been with me.
“I just hope that people might be a bit more considerate in future, it should just be common sense to give up your seat for a child.”