A new study conducted revealed that breastfeeding can be beneficial for both mothers and babies. The study showed that breastfeeding can reduce the mother’s risk of heart disease and stroke by 10 per cent. But it doesn’t look like a lot of people got that memo on how good it is. A mother’s recent experience sheds light on just how stigmatized breastfeeding in public still is today.
The mother of three went on Facebook to ‘shame’ a group of bus passengers after no one offered her a seat. Eventually, she was forced to breastfeed her child standing up and had to be seated separately from her other daughters.
Bryony Esther was on a packed train when she attempted to nurse her baby. There were passengers who shouldn’t have been in priority seating and passengers who were ‘saving’ the seats.
The mother from Leigh-on-Sea, Essex was on a service train when she posted a disgruntled selfie to her Facebook page.
She said that she asked if she could have a seat where a group of men had placed their suitcases and all of them ignored her.
She continued on by writing: ‘Having to stand on a train whilst breastfeeding my baby thanks to the lovely bunch of charmers giving more priority to their suitcases and rolling joints!! It stinks.’
She also accused other passengers of taking up priority seating which is usually designated to seniors, people with disabilities, pregnant women and mothers with young children.
In the image, the cyclists who were behind her were sitting in a disabled seat and did not offer their seats to her.
She said: ‘Plus the cyclist with a fancy bike that keeps rolling into me, sat in the disabled seat. Please share cos I’d love it if their mothers, girlfriends, and wives get to see how they behave.’
She said that when the group of men finally decided to make room for her she was too ‘intimidated’ to take the seat. She was forced to sit four rows away from her oldest daughter.
Her Facebook post has since been shared nearly 22,000 times and has over six thousand likes.