People Are Loving This Canadian Minister Who Breastfed Her Son In The House Of Commons

“No shame in breastfeeding! Baby’s gotta eat & I had votes.”

We all know that breastfeeding is a normal, natural thing, yet there is much debate on what constitutes as an "appropriate" place to feed a child. Some demand mothers breastfeed only in private settings, but many moms and dads are helping to normalize public breastfeeding, whether a mom is out shopping, at a wedding, at work, or is a senator in a meeting or at a debate.  

Most recently, Canadian politician Karina Gould — Canada's first federal minister to have a baby while in office — took the spotlight when she breastfed her son Oliver during a parliamentary meeting in the House of Commons on June 19.


Video footage of the event shows Canadian Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor engaging in a debate to legalize recreational marijuana by mid-October. Gould can be seen breastfeeding Oliver in the background. 

This isn't the first time Gould has shown what it means to be a badass working mom. After having her baby, she got back to  her duties as the member of parliament in the House of Commons of Canada representing the federal electoral district of Burlington, Ontario. She took meetings with her baby, including one with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. 

Of course, she had the occasional help from colleagues.

After the video and photos went viral, people quickly took to social media to praise Gould for showing what it means to be an awesome working mom.

Gould also weighed in and thanked everyone for their support.

The MP told CBC she was pleased with the outpouring of support and she hopes to show other women that a career in politicians and motherhood can go together.

"I'm a very proud feminist, I'm a very proud mom, and I'm a very proud politician," she said. "For me it wasn't a choice of doing one or the other."

In an effort for there to be more support for parents in politics she shared a Facebook video about her experiences so far being back as a working mom.

Other working moms were quick to add their voices to the conversation.

(H/T: BuzzFeed)


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