Australian Senator Larissa Waters becomes the first politician to breastfeed in Parliament. See photos

This Australian Senator has become the first politician to breastfeed in Parliament. See photos

Larissa Waters returned to the upper house Senate for the first time since giving birth to her second child and brought her in for a feed during a vote

A Greens senator has made Australian political history by becoming the first person to breastfeed a baby in the nation’s parliament. Larissa Waters returned to the upper house Senate for the first time on May 9 since giving birth to her second child, and brought her in for a feed during a vote.

Being able to breastfeed in the chamber follows new rules introduced last year to create a more a “family friendly” parliament in the wake of what has been described as a “baby boom” among politicians.

“So proud that my daughter Alia is the first baby to be breastfed in the federal Parliament! We need more #women & parents in Parli,” she wrote on social media site Twitter.

Labour frontbencher Katy Gallagher said the moment deserved to be acknowledged.

Larissa Waters

Larissa Waters (Photo: theaustralian.com.au)

“Women have been doing it in parliaments around the world… It is great to see it is able to occur now in the Senate,” she told Sky News.

Larissa Waters

Larissa Waters (Photo: theaustralian.com.au)

“Women are going to continue to have babies and if they want to do their job and be at work and look after their baby… the reality is we are going to have to accommodate that.”

Larissa Waters

Larissa Waters (Photo: AP)

Earlier, children were banned from the chamber and breastfeeding mothers were given a proxy vote.

Larissa Waters

Larissa Waters (Photo: AP)

As soon as the news broke, Twitteraties across the globe poured in their wishes for baby Alia hailing Larissa’s move of breastfeeding her in parliament. Here are some tweets

— AFP

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