Australian Senator Breastfeeds While Debating a Motion, Making History

Alice Sholl

Just last year, parliamentary rules in Australia changed to let mothers feed their children in the chamber. And this week, Greens senator Larissa Waters exercised her right to feed her baby in the most perfect way — breastfeeding her not only in the chamber, but while she was passing a motion.

As Waters attempted to debate a motion on black lung disease, her little girl Alia became hungry.

So in a brilliant feat of multitasking, Waters fed Alia while barely missing a beat.

This isn’t the first time Waters has been a trailblazer for breastfeeding mothers; in May the media celebrated Alia as the first baby to be fed on the floor of Federal Parliament.

And people on social media have praised the senator for “making history,” being “inspiring,” and “normalizing women’s bodies.”

“Women have always worked and reared children, whether that work was paid in the workplace or unpaid in the home,” Waters told BuzzFeed News.

“I hope [this] helps to normalize breastfeeding and remove any vestige of stigma against breastfeeding a baby when they are hungry,” she added.

“The fact that it is news that a young woman… can breastfeed in parliament, goes to show how far we have to go in making our parliament look like our community. It’s been 116 years in the coming, and it’s tragic that it’s taken that long.”

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