Letter: Train ban on breast-feeding

Click to follow
The Independent Online
Train ban on breast-feeding

Sir: Recently, travelling on the Rugby-to-London InterCity train, since taken over by Virgin West Coast, I discreetly began

breast-feeding my crying, hungry baby.

I was immediately approached by a member of British Rail staff and told that either I stopped, or I would be put off the train at the next stop. When I protested that the baby was hungry, I was told that breast-feeding was upsetting the other passengers in the carriage.

I felt intimidated and humiliated by the ticket collector. Most multiple stores in this country have recognised the needs of mothers and babies, and have in place policies which allow them to

breast-feed in public and private areas.


Orpington, Kent