Australian Senator Larissa Waters has once again made history for breastfeeding her baby in Parliament—and this time, she did it while submitting a motion to the crowd.
Sen. Waters breastfed her baby, Alia Joy, while submitting a motion regarding black lung disease, as shown in a video shared to Twitter by Australian reporter David Sharaz. Afterward, Sen. Waters took to Twitter to comment on the moment. "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," she joked.
Sen. Waters made history (and plenty of headlines) last month when she breastfed her baby in the Senate chamber. (CNN reported at the time that she was the first baby to be breastfed in that country's Parliament.) "So proud that my daughter Alia is the first baby to be breastfed in the federal Parliament! We need more #women & parents in Parli," Sen. Waters tweeted in May.
Female members of Parliament gained the right to breastfeed in the chamber only in February 2016. Before that, babies were banned from the chamber, and women who had to leave to feed their children were given a "proxy vote," ABC.net.au says. Australian legislators finally voted to change the rules, allowing new mothers to breastfeed in the chamber and not to have to cast their votes by way of proxy.
The Australian senator shared the announcement of Alia Joy's birth in March in a Facebook post. "I'll be having a few more weeks off but will soon be back in parliament with this little one in tow," Sen. Waters captioned a photo of her newborn. "She is even more inspiration for continuing our work to address gender inequality and stem dangerous climate change. (And yes, if she's hungry, she will be breastfed in the Senate chamber.)" By proudly breastfeeding her daughter in Parliament, Sen. Waters is helping to destigmatize the very normal act of feeding babies.