Australian senator makes history by breastfeeding in Parliament

2017-05-09 18:30
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Canberra - Australian senator Larissa Waters has made history by breastfeeding her two-month-old infant in Parliament.

Her daughter Alia Joy Waters also became the first child to have been breastfed in Parliament on Tuesday. 

In what appears to be protest for women’s rights, the senator - who has just returned from maternity leave on Tuesday - took to social media to congratulate her second-born daughter for being the first baby to be breastfed in the Australian Parliament, adding that more women need to be in Parliament.

“I am so proud that my daughter Alia is the first baby to be breastfed in the federal Parliament! We need more women and parents in Parliament. And we need more family-friendly and flexible workplaces, and affordable childcare, for everyone,” said the co-deputy leader of Australia's Green party on Facebook.

According to CNN, the Australian Parliament changed its rules in 2016 to allow women to breastfeed their infants in the chamber. 

Australian member of the senate Katy Gallagher also rallied behind Waters, saying that her actions deserve to be commended. According to Telegraph, Gallagher said that women are going to continue to have babies, and “if they want to do their job”, they must be allowed to nurse their babies – even if it means breastfeeding in parliament.  

On Twitter, Waters’ move was welcomed by many, with one of her followers saying “Parliament making womanhood 'normal' and setting the bar for all employers when it comes to accepting women as equals in the workplace”; and another adding: “I'm not sure how feeding a baby could ever be bad for the nation.”

According to BBC, under Australia’s old rules, members of parliament (MPs) could only take babies into the public galleries or offices of the parliament building, MPs' babies not be considered as "visitors" who are prohibited from entering Parliament. 

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