Australian Senator Becomes First To Breastfeed On Parliament Floor


An Australian lawmaker and her infant daughter made history on Tuesday.

Greens senator Larissa Waters became the first person to breastfeed in Australia’s federal Parliament. According to Sky News, 2-month-conventional Alia was the first baby to nurse in the federal Parliament after rules were changed final year to allow politicians to bring their children to work.

So proud that my daughter Alia is the first baby to be breastfed in the federal Parliament! We need more #women & parents in Parli #auspol pic.twitter.com/w34nxWxG0y

— Larissa Waters (@larissawaters) May 9, 2017

The senator shared a photo of the historic moment on Twitter. 

“So proud that my daughter Alia is the first baby to be breastfed in the federal Parliament!” she tweeted. “We need more & parents in Parli.”

The tweet had received over 2,000 likes as of Tuesday afternoon. Waters also shared a news segment approximately her viral breastfeeding moment on Facebook, where she famous, “We need more family-friendly and flexible workplaces, and affordable childcare, for everyone.”

Senator @larissawaters‘ daughter has graced the Senate fitting the first baby to be breastfed in the chamber. MORE: https://t.co/DfkqkKfDuv pic.twitter.com/DpMDCpMMAK

— Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) May 9, 2017

Waters is the latest in a slew of women politicians who be pleased nursed their babies in parliaments throughout the world. 

In October, Icelandic Member of Parliament Unnur Brá Konráðsdóttir breastfed her infant daughter while defending a bill.

In January 2016, Spanish parliamentarian Carolina Bescansa nursed her 5-month-conventional son, Diego, at work in an effort to reportedly highlight the struggles working mothers face. 

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Spanish politician Carolina Bescansa nursed her 5-month-conventional son, Diego, in parliament. 

And in July 2015, Argentinian legislator and human rights activist Victoria Donda Pérez attracted a lot of attention for breastfeeding her 8-month-conventional daughter, Trilce, during a parliamentary session. 

While the politicians received some backlash, they stood by their decisions to feed their babies.



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