A young mother slammed ‘inconsiderate’ commuters who did not have the courtesy to give up their seat forcing her to breastfeed her baby on a dirty train floor.
Sophie Molineux, 22, was traveling from Shropshire to Ludlow Castle with her partner Rob Moore, 25, and their one-year-old son Chester Moore. The couple struggled to find a seat and were stunned when not one of the carriage’s 50 passengers, offered Sophie a place to sit as she cradled her baby.
Forced to stand in the aisle, they took turns to hold their baby during the 30-minute journey. The baby became hungry forcing Sophie to sit on the filthy floor and 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.’
A heartbreaking picture shows the young mother sitting on the floor of the carriage while breastfeeding Chester.
She said, ‘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.’
‘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 young mother hopes that fit and healthy commuters should have some empathetic approach 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.’
Source – Daily Mail