Have you ever heard of a woman breastfeeding her baby in the parliament? Has this ever happened here? No never.
But an MP in Australia has given a speech in Parliament while breastfeeding her baby. You heard us right. Let’s find out the whole story.
Breastfeeding in parliament?is it true?
Larissa Waters has become the first senator and politician to breastfeed her baby while addressing the parliament. This might sound weird but it’s true.
She fed her two-month-old baby, Alia and made a record. Larissa Waters is from the left-wing Greens party. And, no MP had ever done something like this. But, she did it.
When asked about the incident, Larissa Waters said, “It’s frankly ridiculous, really, that feeding one’s baby is international news. Women have been breastfeeding for as long as time immemorial.
I had hoped to not only be able to feed my baby but to send a message to young women that they belong in the parliament.”
She also said, ” I am so happy and proud of my daughter because she is the first baby to breastfed in the parliament.”
She also demanded more family-friendly and flexible workplaces, and affordable childcare, for everyone through her Facebook post.
Earlier, MPs had to leave the chamber to feed their baby.
Till 2016, MPs in the lower house of Representatives were allowed to take babies into the parliamentary offices and public galleries only. Now things have changed in a few countries.
But, parliaments in different countries are still not open about it and this subject is still sensitive in many places.
In 2016, Spanish MP Carolina Bescansa was criticized for bringing her baby into the parliament and breastfeeding him. She is from Podemos(we can).
People still haven’t changed their mind. Their perspective of seeing things haven’t developed yet.
“Women are going to continue to have babies and if they want to do their job, be at work and look after their baby… the reality is we are going to have to accommodate that,” Senator Katy Gallagher said.
Though, criticizing women is what people do. Mindsets are yet to be developed of a few people. She made a record and started a new legacy. Now, it depends on the other female MPs to maintain this legacy.
What do you all think about it? Do you guys think it’s good? Do let us know in the comments section below.