History made as Larissa Waters breastfeeds baby daughter in Senate

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An Australian senator has made history by becoming the first person to breastfeed in the country's federal parliament.

Australian senator Larissa Waters has made history by breastfeeding her two-month-old infant in Parliament.

Senator Larissa Waters returned to parliament today for the first time since giving birth to her second daughter earlier this year, bringing Alia Joy with her while she voted.

Last year, she was instrumental in bringing changes to Parliament Senate rules to allow mothers to breast-feeding on the floor.

Photos from Waters's historic feeding starkly contrast a 2009 incident during which Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young had her two-year-old daughter Kora taken from her and removed from the Senate chamber.

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When Alia Joy was hungry, she fed her.

The milestone moment comes after Waters introduced changes to parliament in 2016. Children were banned from the chamber under previous rules. It is great to see it is able to occur now in the Senate. Similar rules have been adopted by Australia's House of Representatives.

In the UK, MPs are now not allowed to breastfeed in the chamber of the House of Commons.

She said: 'Women have been doing it in parliaments around the world ... Waters also shared a news segment about her viral breastfeeding moment on Facebook, where she noted, "We need more family-friendly and flexible workplaces, and affordable childcare, for everyone".

"Women are going to continue to have babies and if they want to do their job and be at work and look after their baby ... the reality is we are going to have to accommodate that", she said.

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