This Badass Senator Breastfed Her Baby While Giving A Speech In Parliament

Senator Waters kisses her daughter after putting forward a motion on black lung disease

Senator Waters kisses her daughter after putting forward a motion on black lung disease

Waters made history in May when she became the first woman to breastfeed in Australia's parliament. "And we need more family-friendly and flexible workplaces, and affordable childcare, for everyone" Waters said after she breastfed Alia in parliament the first time.

Larissa Waters breastfed her 14-week-old baby daughter Alia Joy while passing a motion in the Australian Parliament on black lung disease.

Waters told Buzzfeed News she was obliged to breastfeed while moving the motion because, "black lung disease is back among coal miners in Queensland and Alia was hungry". "And my partner in crime moved her own motion just before mine, bless her", she tweeted after her address.

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

Now the politician has reached another milestone: becoming the first person to breastfeed while making remarks on the Australian Parliament floor.

Mothers previously had to leave the chamber to breastfeed and were required to get a proxy for votes, according to The Telegraph.

Before she returned, she had said she planned on breastfeeding her in the Senate chamber if need be.

A handful of working mothers have recently made headlines for breastfeeding during their countries' governmental proceedings: As NPR reported, a Spanish MP attracted criticism for parliamentary breastfeeding in 2016, her colleagues calling the move "lamentable" and "frankly unnecessary".

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