An Australian senator, Larissa Waters made political history on Tuesday by becoming the first woman to breast-feed a baby in the country’s federal parliament.
Larissa Waters who is the co-deputy leader of Australia’s Green party, breast-fed her daughter, Alia, in the senate chamber during a vote, according to Sky News. Larissa Waters just returned to parliament for the first time after giving birth to Alia, her second daughter, earlier this year.
Larissa Waters shared a photo of the historic moment on Twitter, which has received hundreds of retweets , likes and responses.
“So proud that my daughter Alia is the first baby to be breastfed in the federal Parliament! We need more #women parents in Parli,” Waters wrote on Twitter.
— Larissa Waters (@larissawaters) May 9, 2017
Last year, she pushed for changes in the Australian Senate to allow new mothers and fathers to take care of their newborns in parliament. One of the female senators, Kriste Marshall was ejected from the Vic parliament for breast feeding her baby. Larissa Waters shared this on her twitter page.
Here is Kirstie Marshall before she was ejected from the Vic Parliament for breastfeeding her 11-day old bub. Look how far we have come! pic.twitter.com/LrzZcIFBXq
— Larissa Waters (@larissawaters) May 10, 2017
Children were banned from the chamber under previous rules. The Senate and House of Representative both adapted the new rules, making it a “family friendly” parliament in Australia.