Letter: Intimidation on the train

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Sir: If I was dismayed by Mrs Johnson's story (letter, 19 March), I was horrified by Ivor Warburton's response (20 March) on behalf of Virgin West Coast Trains.

Just how does he propose that a mother should check that those around her are comfortable with her feeding a baby? Should the inquiry be addressed to those in adjoining seats, those across the aisle or should all those passing through the carriage also be given the opportunity to object?

Breast-feeding is a perfectly natural biological function and attitudes such as those expressed by Mr Warburton only serve to intimidate women who wish to offer the best possible source of nourishment to their babies.

I hope that Virgin will rethink this policy. Does it also apply to occupants of Virgin's airline seats?


Morpeth, Northumberland