An Australian MP creates history as she breastfeeds her baby while passing a resolution in the Parliament and by doing this she has become the first woman ever to do so.
A politician in Australia has become the first woman in the country's history to speak in parliament while breastfeeding her child.
Waters' motion asked that the Senate acknowledge Queensland Parliament's recent Black Lung, White Lies report about administrative failings for coal workers with black lung disease. Holding her baby to her breast, Waters stood to move the motion, NBD.
She has achieved the second feat in a month's time.
Now the politician has reached another milestone: becoming the first person to breastfeed while making remarks on the Australian Parliament floor. "We need more #women & parents in Parli".
Before she returned, she had said she planned on breastfeeding her in the Senate chamber if need be.
The Australian Parliament has come a long way since Greens member Sarah Hanson-Young stirred up controversy when her two-year-old daughter was taken from her arms and removed from the Senate chamber in 2009 in accordance with Parliament policy. She added that more young women were needed in the Parliament so that if they breastfed their babies there, it wouldn't be treated as news.
Despite the changes to provide parliamentarians more access to nurse their children in the workplace, Waters still believes more can be done. And while Waters got praise from many on social media for not moving elsewhere to feed Alia, she said that the reactions surprised her.