Sunday, 17 December, 2017

This Badass Senator Breastfed Her Baby While Giving A Speech In Parliament

Larissa Waters Larissa Waters breastfeeds her baby while moving a motion in federal parliament
Christy Curtis | 23 June, 2017, 00:31

The senator, who is the co-leader of the left-wing Greens party, was key in passing legislation a year ago allowing parliamentary members to breastfeed in the senate chambers.

The issue of public breastfeeding has ignited a vehement social debate in many countries, with some questioning the appropriateness of the act and others supporting women's free choice.

The Australian lawmaker who made history last month for becoming the first politician to breastfeed in federal parliament has achieved another first when she passed a motion in Senate as she nursed her daughter.

In between fighting against the Adani-Carmichael coal mine, the government's blatantly sexist tampon tax, and profiteering off domestic violence, Waters gave birth to her second child, Alisa Joy, and made history as the first Australian politician to breastfeed in Federal Parliament.

And she took it one step further Thursday by feeding daughter Alia while holding court on the subject of black lung disease.

Following the motion, Waters took to Twitter to share her thoughts. This is true even when that baby's mother so happens to be a member of Australian parliament.

The Queensland mother, with a white towel draped over her shoulder, confidently stood in the chamber and read out her the motion as she cradled her nursing daughter in her arms. New moms were obligated to send in a proxy to vote in their stead while they breastfed outside the Senate chambers, which barred children from entry. "And we need more family-friendly and flexible workplaces, and affordable childcare, for everyone", she had said.

At the time, she told Buzzfeed News of her "mixed feelings" about the reactions.

Last year, she instigated changes to Senate rules to allow new parents to briefly care for their infants on the floor of parliament.

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