Australian senator is first woman to breast-feed in Parliament

Australian senator is first woman to breast-feed in Parliament

An Australian politician and her 10-week-old daughter have made history after becoming the first to breastfeed in the country's Senate chamber.

Queensland senator Larissa Waters made history yesterday when she became the first woman to breastfeed inside the Federal Senate chamber. We need more women and parents in Parli'.

According to PerthNow, Waters gave birth to her second daugther, Alia Joy, earlier this year.

The milestone comes after Senator Waters instigated changes to Senate rules a year ago, extending rules that already allowed breastfeeding in the chamber to allow new mothers and fathers to briefly care for their infants on the floor of Parliament.

It followed another historic achievement in the Senate on Tuesday morning, with the swearing-in of new independent senator Lucy Gichuhi, the first black African member of the Australian parliament.

Shortly after Joy was born, the proud mother took to Facebook to announce that she will be attending parliamentary proceedings with her daughter in tow.

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The milestone moment comes after Waters introduced changes to parliament in 2016.

Previously parliamentary rules stated children were technically banned in the chamber and breastfeeding mothers were given a proxy vote.

"Women have been doing it in parliaments around the world".

In the UK, MPs are now not allowed to breastfeed in the chamber of the House of Commons.

ACT Labor senator Katy Gallagher also threw her support behind Waters on Tuesday, telling Sky News the moment represented a reality for female politicians that Parliament "are going to have to accommodate".

The laws allow Ms Waters' partner to bring their newborn daughter into the Senate when she needs feeding.

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