History has been made in Australia this week as a 2-month-old baby girl was allowed to be breastfed by her senator mother while in Parliament.
Alia Joy is her name, and she is the daughter and newborn of Larissa Waters, a senator for Queensland.
Waters, who is the co-deputy in command for the Green party in Australia, came back to work after being away on maternity leave for a few weeks with her newest addition on her hip. As her daughter wanted to be fed, she made sure to feed her. Breastfeed her that is.
Waters sent out a tweet indicating that she was happy that her daughter was the first baby ever to be breastfed while in front of Congress.
Australia Senator Breastfeeds While In Court
Last year, the parliament of Australia altered their rules so those female lawmakers could nurse their babies while in Congress. Children were previously unable to enter the chamber. Back in November, Waters said that if the Australian government wants young women and men to be a part of Parliament, they should include rules regarding families so that new parents can balance out being a parent and being in Parliament.
Waters made an announcement on International Woman’s Day that she had had her baby girl Alia. She said having her new baby gave her inspiration to continue to work with Congress towards gender inequality in Parliament. She also says that if her child was hungry while they’re in the Senate Chamber, she will breastfeed her there.
Alia may be the first in Australia, but she is not the first overall to be breastfed while in court. A politician in 2016 breastfed her then one-month-old child as she was speaking to Congress. Unnur Brá Konráðsdóttir, while debating the proposed Foreigners Act, had no qualms when she breastfed her then one-month-old child.