Australian Senator breastfeeds while moving motion in Parliament

A 2-month-old made history in Australia – becoming the first baby to be breastfed in that country’s Parliament.The senator made headlines earlier this year when she became the first person to breastfeed in the Australian parliament – and today she went a step further, breastfeeding her new baby, Alia Joy, while successfully moving a motion on lung disease.It comes after she instigated changes to Senate rules previous year, extending rules that already allowed breastfeeding in the chamber to allow new mums and dads to briefly care for their infants on the floor of parliament.An MP in Australia has addressed Parliament while breastfeeding her baby, admitting that she moved a motion only moments before her daughter “moved her own motion”. When the chair called Waters, she was already breastfeeding.”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”, she added. Before that, children were banned from the chamber.The senator also said she hoped her decision in the chamber Wednesday sent a strong message to other young women and female politicians, that they too belong in powerful positions and places, including the parliament.Waters said in a statement via email that she did it because Alia was hungry, and hoped it would normalise what is an everyday, human thing to do. When a member of Parliament named Kelly O’Dwyer was told to simply “express more breastmilk” so she wouldn’t miss votes, politicians rallied to change the policy. “(And yes, if she’s hungry, she will be breastfed in the Senate chamber)”.