Last month, Australian senator, Larissa Waters made headlines for breastfeeding her then two-month-old daughter, Alia Joy, in parliament. This week, she was the first politician to actually speak on the Parliament floor while breastfeeding. That’s right. When she was called on to move a motion on black lung disease during a feeding, she scooped up the infant without a moment of hesitation and did her job.
— Lukas Coch (@cochl) June 22, 2017
Look how easy it is for her to speak and breastfeed at the same time. Did you notice how no one was hurt by a woman nursing her child in public? Isn’t it interesting how the building didn’t collapse and no one’s eyes melted? She just did her job and there happened to be a baby eating right there. Incredible.
First time I’ve had to move a Senate motion while breastfeeding! And my partner in crime moved her own motion just before mine, bless her
— Larissa Waters (@larissawaters) June 22, 2017
Surprisingly–and thankfully–the online reaction has been generally positive. Maybe society has reached a new level of maturity? We doubt it, but we’ll take the win.
Just watched @larissawaters simultaneously move a motion in the Senate while breastfeeding. All the multi-tasking.
— Stephanie Peatling (@srpeatling) June 22, 2017
— Andy Park (@andy_park) June 22, 2017
Waters is all about making the senate more accessible to mothers and parents. Last year, she expanded breastfeeding rules in the senate so that parents are able to take care of their newborns while working. Just like she does.
She’s eager to lead by example when it comes to women and mothers in the workplace, especially government. Motherhood has too often been framed as a barrier to a career. Waters wants to show women that they should not be limited to the locations society deems acceptable to nurse a baby. If you’ve got work to do, strap that baby on and take her with you.
— Rob Stott (@Rob_Stott) June 22, 2017
Moral of the story: do what you gotta do. And if your baby needs to eat, do what you gotta do with your baby strapped to your boob.