Skip to main site content.
Larissa Waters (Facebook)

Picture perfect

Australian senator makes history by breastfeeding in Parliament

May 10, 2017

Larissa Water, a senator for the Australian Greens party has written history by becoming the first mother to breastfeed in Federal Parliament, since the rules were changed last year to allow for moms to do so. “I am so proud that my daughter Alia is the first baby to be breastfed in the Federal Parliament,” Senator Waters, mother of the 2-month old girl said. “We need more women and parents in Parliament,” she later posted on Facebook. “And we need more family-friendly and flexible workplaces, and affordable child care, for everyone.” The rules on breastfeeding in the Chamber were changed following a 2015 controversy involving Kelly O’Dwyer, the assistant treasurer at the time, after she had been advised by a male politician to “express more breastmilk” in order not to miss any of her parliamentary obligations.

Read the full story at ABC.


Argentinian politician Victoria Donda Pérez breastfed daughter during a session of Parliament

Viral photo of women breastfeeding in Beijing subway sparks debate in China

Moms launch ‘Stop making women guilty!’ campaign in support of bottle-feeding