Australian senator Larissa Waters made waves in parliament history, becoming the first politician to breastfeed on the parliament senate floor. After ten weeks of maternity leave, Waters returned to work with her two-month-old daughter, Alia Joy.
As babies do, Alia Joy eventually became hungry, and without making a big fuss, Senator Waters breastfed her right there on the parliament floor.
It was truly a sweet feat, as Waters was actually one of the people who helped to extend parliament’s breastfeeding rules last year.
Working moms were allowed to breastfeed in senate chambers, but Waters fought for parents to be able to care for their infants while actively meeting on the senate floor.
Waters is a Queensland senator and a co-deputy leader of the Australian Greens party. This historic change in parliament rules came eight years after Greens member Sarah Hanson-Young had her two-year-old daughter taken from her arms and removed from the senate floor.
So for all the breastfeeding moms out there, don’t lose hope! Be encouraged by Larissa Waters’ example and don’t let society try to manipulate you into being anything but an excellent, hard-working mother!