Australian Senator Breastfeeds Her Baby In Parliament, Making History

"So proud that my daughter Alia is the first baby to be breastfed in the federal Parliament!"

It was a historic day in the Australian Senate on Tuesday, May 8 when Queensland MP Larissa Waters breastfed her 2-month-old baby daughter, Alia Joy, in Parliament. 

Waters is the first Australian senator to breastfed in the federal Parliament, which is especially significant given that the Green Party co-deputy leader helped pass legislation in February 2016 to allow kids into Parliament.

Vox reports, prior to this legislation, kids were banned from entering chambers, often forcing parents to delegate voting powers to other members during times they had to be out to care for their children. 

Waters posted the photo of her breastfeeding Alia on Twitter with the caption "So proud that my daughter Alia is the first baby to be breastfed in the federal Parliament! We need more & parents in Parli ." 



While the photo is powerful because it represents change, it is ultimately an image of an everyday act that shouldn't be viewed as extraordinary. Mothers should be able to feed their children when they are hungry, and this shouldn't have to disrupt their work. Waters told Courier-Mail, "If she's hungry, that's what you do, you feed your baby." 

Waters followed up her first image with another tweet spotlighting the need for more legislation geared toward helping families and mothers so that, eventually, seeing a parent breastfeed in any environment will not be a big deal. 

Breastfeeding is a completely normal act, but surrounding taboos still remain, especially for women who breastfeed in public. Waters cites how prior to the change in Australia's Parliament law, one mom, Kirstie Marshall, was ejected from the Senate for feeding her 11-day-old baby.

Stories like Waters's should be everyday practice, and the fact that her tweet has gone viral will hopefully prompt more inclusive parenting laws and greater acceptance for women who breastfeed in public.

(H/T: Allure)

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