Alia Joy Waters is just weeks old. But she has already made political history in Australia by becoming the first baby to be breast fed in the Australian parliament.
Senator Larissa Waters returned to parliament today for the first time since giving birth to her second daughter earlier this year, bringing Alia Joy with her while she voted.
And when her baby needed it, she didn’t hesitate to feed her.
Afterwards, she wrote on Twitter: “So proud that my daughter Alia is the first baby to be breastfed in the federal Parliament! We need more #women & parents in Parli.”
Fellow politician Katy Gallagher said it was a moment that deserved to be acknowledged.
“Women have been doing it in parliaments around the world… It is great to see it is able to occur now in the Senate,” she told Sky News.
“Women are going to continue to have babies and if they want to do their job and be at work and look after their baby… the reality is we are going to have to accommodate that.”
The milestone comes after Senator Waters instigated changes to Senate rules last year. The guidelines already already allowed breastfeeding in the chamber.
Thanks to her new mums and dads will now be allowed to briefly care for their infants on the floor of parliament.
The Australian House of Representatives has also made similar changes.
Last year, an Icelandic MP made headlines after breastfeeding her baby while speaking at the national parliament.