"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."
Traveling with a baby can sometimes be challenging. When Sophie Molineux was traveling with her baby boy, who was just a year old, she was "shocked" by the behavior of her fellow passengers.
"I was so shocked. There were around 50 people in the carriage and not one person moved," Sophie said about her train ride that lasted about 30 minutes, according to Mirror.
She hopped onto the crowded train at 11:39 am with her partner, Rob Moore and their son, Chester Moore. And with no seat available and no one ready to offer their seats for the mother and her baby, she was forced to stand as even the priority seats were occupied.
Sophie said, "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."
It's hard for a mother to ignore her child's signs of being hungry. Sophie felt like she had no other choice but to sit on the floor of the train and feed her little one.
"Chester’s now at an age that when he wants to breastfeed he just tugs at my top and makes it very obvious, it was one of those where I just had to breastfeed him," Sophie said, according to Daily Star. "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."
Seeing Sophie on the floor with her baby seemed to have had almost no effect on the passengers. "When I sat down on the floor there were people walking past going to the toilet and they would look and see that I was breastfeeding but no-one offered us a seat," she said. "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."
Sophie, who is a 22-year-old part-time restaurant manager, and Rob, who is a 25-year-old chef, take public transport most of the time because they don't have a car. "It was pretty shocking. We don't have a car so we always travel by public transport," the young mother added. "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."
Talking about her choice of breastfeeding her son, Sophie said, "Some might say 'why not give him a bottle of formula and keep him safe in his pram instead of breastfeeding?' but I had to get him out of his pram because he was hungry. There's obviously nothing wrong with formula, but if you're a mother who chooses to breastfeed you should be able to do so safely wherever you want to."
It was the first time the couple had to face something like this where people didn't acknowledge that she was in a moving train with a baby. Sophie added, "We didn't ask anyone to give up their seat, we thought as it was only a short journey we'd just stand up and hope for the best but no-one got up."
The only thing she can hope for is that next time people can be slightly more concerned when a fellow-passenger is as tiny as a baby.
"I was more concerned about Chester’s safety," Sophie said. "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."
Watch her speak about the incident.