Friday, 20 October, 2017

Australian senator breastfeeds baby on floor of Parliament

South Australian Senator Lucy Gichuhi takes her seat in the Seante on Tuesday History made as Larissa Waters breastfeeds baby daughter in Senate
Dexter Carr | 18 May, 2017, 16:47

It was just previous year that the Australian parliament passed a rule, allowing members to breastfeed during meetings, according to The Courier Mail, which is why Waters was surprised her action is receiving so much attention.

Larissa Waters, co-deputy leader of Australia's Green party, has created history by breastfeeding her baby in the Parliament.

Although politicians in Australia have been allowed to breastfeed in the Senate since 2003, MPs in the House of Representatives could take babies only into parliamentary offices or public galleries until previous year.

Under the old rules, children were banned. The Queensland senator took the opportunity to call for the inclusion of more parents, particularly mothers, in Parliament.

"If a mother has to care for her child, she has to care for him wherever", Bescansa said, according to The Guardian "It's time that this chamber started to resemble the rest of the country". "So I whacked her on the breast and walked in, sat down".

The new mom showed up to Parliament with her little girl, Alia Joy, and proceeded to breastfeed from her seat on the Senate floor.

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The senator followed the image with a message to her Facebook page, calling for "more family-friendly and flexible workplaces, and affordable childcare, for everyone". "If she's hungry, that's what you do, you feed your baby", she said.

Last year, Ms Waters helped extend existing legislation that previously allowed breastfeeding in the Senate so that women could also do so in the lower house.

In 2003, Victorian MP Kristie Marshall was ejected from Australian parliament for breastfeeding her daughter, Charlotte, who was 11 days old at the time.

Until a recent law was passed, senators were not allowed to bring their children to Parliament.

Larissa, is a 40-year-old mom, who joined the office after giving birth to her second daughter.

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