History as Larissa Waters breastfeeds baby in Senate

History as Larissa Waters breastfeeds baby in Senate

History as Larissa Waters breastfeeds baby in Senate

Senator Waters' move followed another historic achievement in the Senate on Tuesday morning, with the swearing-in of new independent senator Lucy Gichuhi, the first person of black African heritage to become a member of the Australian parliament.

Greens Senator Larissa Waters' daughter Alia may only be two months old but she has already made history by becoming the first baby to be breastfed on the floor of Federal Parliament.

Waters, who is the co-deputy leader of Australia's Green party, was instrumental in efforts previous year to end a ban on breast-feeding in Parliament, ABC News reported. "We need more #women & parents in Parli #auspol", Waters tweeted after.

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It was the senator's first appearance back in parliament since having the child.

Waters was one of several women in parliament who led the charge to change breastfeeding rules in the Senate a year ago, after Minister for Revenue and Financial Services Kelly O'Dwyer, who was an assistant at the time, was advised by a male parliament member to list breastfeeding as an excuse for not fulfilling her parliamentary duties after giving birth in 2015.

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Waters returned to work after 10 weeks of maternity leave on Tuesday with her daughter Alia Joy in her arms. It is great to see it is able to occur now in the Senate. The reality is we are going to have to accommodate that'.

The milestone moment comes after she helped introduce rule changes which now allow mums and dads to briefly care for their infants while on the parliament floor.

Breastfeeding has been allowed in the chamber since 2003, but Waters is the first to do so.

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