A momma’s gotta nurse… and help prevent the spread of black lung disease!
Yet Australian senator Larissa Waters seamlessly did both on Thursday when she addressed her fellow lawmakers in the chamber — WHILE breastfeeding her 3-month-old daughter!
The politician made stirrings on social media after she was recorded nursing her daughter Alia Joy while simultaneously moving forward a motion to help coal miners after a breakout of black lung disease.
The senator was essential in passing legislation last year to allow parliamentary members to breastfeed in the senate chambers. She became the first woman to exercise this right in May after returning from a 10-week long maternity leave.
But this week was another first for Waters — breastfeeding from the podium:
How far we’ve come. @larissawaters gives a speech while breast feeding! Yes! First woman in Australian parliament to ever do so. #auspol pic.twitter.com/bBwshTvEHa
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ David Sharaz (@DavidSharaz) June 22, 2017
The 40-year-old told BuzzFeed News she had to breastfeed while working because “black lung disease is back among coal miners in Queensland and Alia was hungry.” And while she understands how historic the act is, Waters wishes a woman breastfeeding in Parliament wasn’t newsworthy.
“Well I think it’s slightly ridiculous that feeding one’s baby is international news ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ women have been breastfeeding for as long as time immemorial. But in another sense, this is the first time this has happened in our Parliament in 116 years, so it’s definitely world history-making.”
Naturally, the public maternal display didn’t sit well with everyone, but Waters isn’t at all bothered by the haters!
In fact, she had quite the hilarious response to one expletive-filled, grammatical nightmare critique:
Ha! Keep at it, senator!
[Image via Twitter.]