Senator Larissa Waters breastfeeds in parliament in Australian milestone moment

Senator Larissa Waters breastfeeds in parliament in Australian milestone moment

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

Australian senator Larissa Waters has made history by breastfeeding her two-month-old infant 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.

"So proud that my daughter Alia is the first baby to be breastfed in the federal Parliament!"

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While working moms were already allowed to breastfed in senate chambers, Waters fought for mothers - and fathers - to be able to care for infants while meeting on the senate floor.

Alia came with her and became the first baby to be breastfed on the floor of the senate chamber.

"If she's hungry, that's what you do, you feed your baby", Waters said, according to The Courier Mail.

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

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

She even sent out a celebratory tweet, calling for more women in the Australian parliament.

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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".

Waters, who is the co-deputy leader of Australia's Green party, was instrumental in efforts a year ago to end a ban on breast-feeding in Parliament, ABC News reported. Tuesday was Waters' first day back in the senate since giving birth, but she didn't show up to work alone.

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