Friday, 12 May 2017

A Breastfeeding Senator Makes History In Parliament Opinion

A 2-month-old made history in Australia – becoming the first baby to be breastfed in Parliament. The little girl, named Alia Joy, is the newborn daughter of Queensland Senator Larissa Waters.

Waters, co-deputy leader of Australia’s Green party, returned from maternity leave Tuesday, with her second daughter in tow.
A Breastfeeding Senator Makes History In Parliament Opinion
When Alia Joy was hungry, she fed her.
“So proud that my daughter Alia is the first baby to be breastfed in the federal Parliament!,” Waters tweeted. “We need more #women & parents in Parli.”

The Australian Parliament changed its rules last year to allow female lawmakers to nurse their infants in the chamber. Before that, children were banned from the chamber. And breastfeeding mothers were given a proxy vote.

Waters, who was influential in the rule change, said in November, “If we want more young women in Parliament, we must make the rules more family friendly to allow new mothers and new fathers to balance their parliamentary and parental duties.”

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