Senator Breastfeeds While Addressing Australia’s Parliament Like The Badass That She Is

"Black lung disease is back among coal miners in Queensland and Alia was hungry."

Politician Larissa Waters is no stranger to multitasking. On June 22, per CNN, the Australian senator breastfed her baby daughter, Alia Joy, while successfully putting forward a motion on black lung disease in Australia's parliament.

As the 40-year-old explains to BuzzFeed News, she had no choice but to breastfeed while giving the speech because, "black lung disease is back among coal miners in Queensland and Alia was hungry."

Waters showcased that same humor on Twitter when she addressed her history-making moment by writing:

Believe it or not, this isn't the first time Waters has nursed Alia in parliament. The mother-daughter pair made headlines back in May when Waters breastfed her daughter in the Senate chamber, becoming the first Australian politician to do so in 116 years.

Water's impressive feat was made possible by a change in the Australian parliament's rules last year, which permits female lawmakers to nurse their infants in the chamber. Not surprisingly, Waters had a big hand in passing said legislation. 

Though Waters understands the significance and impact of her actions, she wishes people would stop making such a big deal over it. "Women have always worked and reared children, whether that work was paid in the workplace or unpaid in the home," she tells BuzzFeed. "I hope [this] helps to normalize breastfeeding and remove any vestige of stigma against breastfeeding a baby when they are hungry."

Speaking of community, Waters had some help from her boss — leader of the Australian Greens party, Richard Di Natale — this time around. The politician was photographed holding and entertaining little Alia in the senate chamber in Canberra while her mom got down to some additional business. 

Unfortunately, not everyone was on board with Waters's decision to breastfeed in parliament. The hardworking mom shared an explicit, typo-filled text message she'd received saying it was "not a good look" for her to nurse during her motion. 

However, Waters maintained her sense of humor and simply added "Lol" in response. 


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