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Larissa Waters became the first woman senator to breastfeed in Parliament

Larissa Waters became the first woman senator to breastfeed in Parliament

Australia
Women MPs breastfeeding their babies in Parliament shines the spotlight on the need for supportive workplaces for new mothers. Australian senator Larissa Waters has made history after she became the first politician to breastfeed her baby in the parliament senate chamber. Larissa posted on Facebook: “I am so proud that my daughter Alia is the first baby to be breastfed in the federal parliament! And we need more family-friendly and flexible workplaces, and affordable childcare, for everyone.” Larissa Waters returned to the senate 10 weeks after giving birth to her second daughter, and is making full use of the breastfeeding rules that she helped to extend in the senate last year. Breastfeeding had already been allowed in the chamber, but thanks to Larissa’s push last year to extend the r