Taboo-breaker: Aussie senator breastfeeds while passing motion in Parliament (VIDEO, PHOTOS)
Last month, Greens Senator for Queensland Larissa Waters became the first woman to breastfeed within the Federal Parliament. And she took it one step further Thursday by feeding daughter Alia while holding court on the subject of black lung disease.
Here's Larissa Waters moving a motion in the senate while feeding her baby. Didn't miss a beat. pic.twitter.com/1Y7EOCq7qK— Charles Croucher (@ccroucher9) June 22, 2017
Colleagues hailed Waters for her taboo-breaking actions, with Green party leader Senator Richard Di Natale leading the praise.
Someone else passed a motion in the senate today! https://t.co/kQzBXsyYwX— Richard Di Natale (@RichardDiNatale) June 22, 2017
Senator Larissa Waters with daughter Alia Joy, moves a motion in the Senate pic.twitter.com/3sXGDuuPTm— Alex Ellinghausen (@ellinghausen) June 22, 2017
Following the motion, Waters took to Twitter to share her thoughts.
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
She did the same after her ground-breaking decision to breast feed her baby in Parliament in May.
“We need more women and parents in Parliament. And we need more family-friendly and flexible workplaces, and affordable childcare, for everyone,” the senator said at the time.
Baby Alia has been a regular in the parliamentary chamber since then.
Not everyone was supportive, however. Waters posted a screenshot of some criticism she received for the act online Thursday, and her tweets generated some backlash from detractors who dismissed the breastfeeding as “attention-seeking.”
Maybe focus more on the politics less on the act of breastfeeding makes it seem like ur doing all of this for attention— Mike (@BostonHam14) June 22, 2017
I was not sure of your motives but form that tweet I can tell you just want attention.— KBW (@kbwhittn) June 22, 2017