Australian senator makes history breastfeeding her daughter

Australian senator makes history breastfeeding her daughter

Years from now, a girl named Alia Joy will have a claim to fame to tell at summer camp: She was the first baby to be breast-fed on the floor of Australia's Parliament.

Past year in Spain, an MP named Carolina Bescansa breast-fed her baby in Parliament.

Waters, 40, was following up on earlier statements that she planned to bring her baby to work and openly feed her in the Senate chamber. "It was first of all a maternal gesture - that I wanted to stay with my daughter as much as possible, and to remind people that there are women who do not have this opportunity [to bring their children to work], that we should do something to talk about this".

It was coalition MP Andrew Southcott who opened an inquiry into the matter of revising house rules in November 2015 after more than 10 parliament members welcomed babies into their families. Under previous rules, children were banned from entering the parliamentary chambers and breastfeeding mothers were given a proxy vote.

"It's frankly ridiculous, really, that feeding one's baby is global news", Waters told the BBC World Service on Thursday.

She later tweeted a photo of herself and Alia during the moment and added: "So proud that my daughter Alia is the first baby to be breastfed in the federal Parliament!"

"Look how far we have come!" That happened eight years after Senator Sarah Hanson-Young's 2-year-old daughter made national news when she was ejected from the Senate.

And now we push for the day when this won't even be newsworthy.