Australian senator writes history by breastfeeding newborn in parliament
Sydney: An Australian senator on Tuesday created history by becoming the first woman ever to breastfeed her newborn baby in the nation's parliament.
Greens' senator Larissa Waters on her first day in the upper house Senate, after giving birth to her second child, brought her in the house and fed her on being hungry.
After the incident, she proudly wrote on Twitter:
She could be able to breastfeed her newborn daughter, named Alia, in the chamber after new ruled introduced in 2016 to create a more 'family friendly' parliament in the wake of what has been called as a "baby boom" among politicians.
The previous rules did not allow children inside the parliament.
"In 2003 Kirstie Marshall, a Victorian MP, was ejected from state parliament for breastfeeding her 11-day old baby girl," Waters added.
"Sometimes it's difficult not to get disheartened by the sexism women still face in the workplace. But sometimes it pays to look back and see how far we have come."
Breastfeeding in public has been a hot topic of discussion in several countries and female lawmakers are often criticized for bringing their babies to parliament sessions.
Larissa Waters, however, is being widely praised on social media for her initiative as people are looking it as a move towards women empowerment.