Australian Senator Larissa Waters Breastfeeds Baby During Parliament (PHOTO)

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SYDNEY AUSTRALIA – LSenator Larissa Waters is the first woman in the history of Australia to have breastfed her child during a meeting of Parliament.

On Tuesday, May 9, reporters took photos of Larissa Waters, a senator in the Australian Parliament, when the Greens represented her daughter Alia, two months, during a vote.

“I am proud that my daughter Alia is the first child breastfed in the federal Parliament,” said Ms. Waters, quoted by ABC net.

The tweet was shared more than 680 times and received hundreds of replies from users praising the new mom for taking a stand.

“Parliament making womanhood ‘normal’ and setting the bar for all employers when it comes to accepting women as equals in the workplace,” one Twitter user replied.

“This is great .. when’s she’s older she’ll be asked why it wasn’t the norm back then,” another commented.

The breastfeeding rules in the Australian Parliament House were changed in the wake of a scandal that broke out in 2015. At the time, Kelly O’Dwyer, Minister of Small Business, was constantly obliged to Out of the meeting room to take care of his newborn.

Larissa Waters
Larissa Waters

Larissa Waters, one of the initiators of the change of rules, is the first woman politician to enjoy the right to breastfeed her child in Parliament.

“We need more women and parents in Parliament,” she wrote on Facebook. “And we need more family-friendly and flexible workplaces, and affordable childcare, for everyone.”

On social media, Waters has revived an outpouring of support.

“Great story. The comments though highlight one of the key issues of our growing 24/7 work environment, where remuneration does not meet the demands of present day living,”  wrote one user on Facebook. “Time for the universal basic income which has been demonstrated to give mothers, who are not supported by their employer, the opportunity to disengage from the workforce and focus on the nurturing of our next generation.”

“Congratulations to Larissa . a brave act that shouldn’t have to be anymore than breathing,”  wrote another person on Twitter. “And congratulations to all the mothers who have had to deal with this utterly ludicrous issue.

 

 

Larissa Waters is not the only parliamentarian in the world to have breastfed in the workplace. In 2015, 37-year-old Victoria Donda Perez, the most glamorous member of the National Congress of Argentina, suckled her eight-month-old daughter during a session of Parliament. Pictures of her taken in the meeting room have become viral, beyond the Argentinean borders alone.

In 2016, the Brazilian politician Manuela D’Avila gave her daughter to the Parliament. A member of the Communist Party, she was a member of the group that initiated the law authorizing breastfeeding in public places in Brazil.

Spanish politician Carolina Bescansa brought her 5-month-old son Diego into the chamber of Parliament in January 2016, and was criticized for exploiting her baby for political purposes by both feminists and conservatives. But she says she was just trying to feed him because he needed to be fed.
“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.”
As for Waters, she foreshadowed the public breastfeeding in Alia Joy’s March 7 birth announcement.
“I’ll be having a few more weeks off, but will soon be back in Parliament with this little one in tow,” Waters wrote on Facebook. “She is even more inspiration for continuing our work to address gender inequality and stem dangerous climate change. (And yes, if she’s hungry, she will be breastfed in the Senate chamber.)”

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10 thoughts on “Australian Senator Larissa Waters Breastfeeds Baby During Parliament (PHOTO)

  1. breastfeeding

    I had to express milk in the toilets while looking at a photo of my baby to make my milk flow. Mothers of young children work. We have to. We have no choice. It way past due that work environments stop being hostile to breast feeding mothers. Life is hard enough.

  2. sue

    Great promotion of working mothers, children’s rights and mother-child relationship. It is a shame that such an action is so devisive, but it starts a worthwhile conversation. Families need more rights to choose how they raise their children including rights to be able to multi-task parenting with work if they believe they are capable and want to do this. Others want rights of both parents allowing them to stay home with their child during the early years. Best wishes Larissa

  3. Gen

    I can’t believe the idiotic comments on this story elsewhere.
    How about the politicians we see who show up drunk? Or fall asleep?? Mothers have hormones in their bodies that IMPROVE CONCENTRATION actually. They also have hormones that increase their tolerance for repetitive and boring tasks – sounds like the perfect thing for parliament!

  4. Dian

    Well lucky her she has such a cushy job that allows her to not only take her baby to work and a creche to care for said baby but she is also able to take the infant into her actual work place to feed her. Most Mums either have to choose between staying at home, expressing milk so child can be fed by someone else or bottle feeding with formula. This is not something I would be crowing about Senator, the luxury you enjoy is NOT extended to Mum’s in most work places.

  5. rac

    I just don’t get why this is at all controversial. Anyone who has a problem with public breastfeeding really needs to just get over it. it causes NO harm to anyone, is completely natural, and is a great way for working Mums to continue to bond with their babies. Considering the kind of inane shouting and pointless banter that normally goes on in Parliament, a few noises from the baby should hardly register as a blip.

  6. Awesome3

    Larissa following a great tradition – in Austria in 1990 a baby was first breastfed in parliament, big outcry then also. In Germany it happens regularly. In Argentina also. In Iceland a mother and minister gave a speech to parliament with baby on her breast – it happens all over the world. Women have always achieved important things whilst being mothers, mothers are fantastic at multitasking. I cannot wait for the day when breastfeeding in parliament or anywhere else for that matter is no longer newsworthy. Respect Larissa, well done!

  7. dara

    Good for her and her baby for having a happy, healthy relationship but…

    Don’t you guys feel this is a thinly-veiled publicity stunt? For millenia, women have been able to find privacy at a moment’s notice. I realise that sometimes that’s just not possible but this doesn’t feel like one of those cases. It seems this Senator was very eager to be the first to breastfeed in parliament.

    Have you ever asked yourselves why this has never happened before? It’s got more to do with the grace of mothers than the squeamishness of senators.

  8. karen

    If they allow childern in there then there should be no issue. Shes taking care of her child. Whats the big deal? They must of known this was going to happen when women bering there babys to work its only normal part of being a parent. Hello you have to feed your child. Breast feed or bottle feed, your child has to eat.

  9. prak

    For ALL of those who don’t see an issue with this…..I shall state just one word…DECORUM! Society on a whole has seemed to merely dismiss this term from our daily lives. And before anyone gets all up in arms…..as you see no issue with breastfeeding in public, in this case, parliament….what of the chap who does not wish to leave his seat as he is in a heated debate, but has an incontinence issue and merely urinates in the basin next to him….do you still see no issue? He was after all just taking care of a natural bodily function and with his issue, “When he has to go, he cannot wait”.

  10. Mike

    don’t give a rat’s ass where she feeds her baby. But the baby has no business in parliament to begin with. Let’s see a show of hands. How many people work in a place that allows you to bring your baby with you and take care of it while you’re being paid to work? That’s what I thought.

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