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Friday , 19 October 2018
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Australian Senator breast feeds her baby in the Parliament

Larissa Waters, co-deputy leader of Australia’s Green party, has created history by breastfeeding her baby in the Parliament. Waters is the senator of Queensland.

Her baby girl, Alia Joy, is just 2 months old.

“So proud that my daughter Alia is the first baby to be breastfed in the federal Parliament!,” Waters tweeted from her official twitter handle. “We need more #women & parents in Parli.”. She continued saying “(Alia) 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).”

Australian Parliament had banned children entering the chambers until last year. When the rule got changed,  they began to allow mother’s to nurse their babies inside the chamber while breastfeeding mothers were given a proxy vote.

It is to be noted here that Waters said last November “If we want more young women in Parliament, we must make the rules more family friendly to allow new mothers and new fathers to balance their parliamentary and parental duties.” 

Walters announced the birth of her baby during the International Women’s Day when she was on her maternity leave and is now back to the Parliament after being on maternity off.

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