Australian senator breastfeeds baby while moving a motion in parliament

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 23, 2017

Waters made history in May when she became the first woman to breastfeed in Australia's parliament.

Addressing the house, she spoke about black lung disease, a condition affecting coal miners - while feeding her daughter Alia Joy. Holding her baby to her breast, Waters stood to move the motion, NBD.

"First time I've had to move a Senate motion while breastfeeding!" she wrote on twitter. But in the context of women being put down for tending to their children's needs because of strangers' discomfort, Waters' act is commendable, especially in the position she holds in politics. She added that more young women were needed in the Parliament so that if they breastfed their babies there, it wouldn't be treated as news.

She also spoke about how women had to fight for this right and how the public first reacted to her in May when she made a decision to breastfeed in parliament.

Australian senator Larissa Waters moves a motion within Federal Parliament while breastfeeding.

She has achieved the second feat in a month's time.

Waters said at the time that she wishes it wasn't news to see a woman breastfeeding in Parliament.

Waters instigated changes to Senate rules past year, extending rules that already allowed breastfeeding in the chamber to allow new mums and dads to briefly care for their infants on the floor of parliament.

"I am so proud that my daughter Alia is the first baby to be breastfed in the Federal Parliament", Waters said after setting parliamentary history.

Waters' motion wasn't without critics, though-aka Twitter trolls who feel Alia should be kept out of the Parliament altogether.

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