Australian politician Larissa Waters beamed while she breastfed in Parliament

We shine a light on Larissa, and some of the other politicians who are helping to normalise breastfeeding.

Pregnancy news, 10/05/2017

We were heartened to see Australian Greens Senator Larissa Waters proudly breastfeeding her 11-week-old daughter, Alia Joy, in parliament this week.

Here are some other politicians who are paving the way for breastfeeding mamas everywhere:

Unnur Brá Konráðsdóttir

Icelandic Independence Party MP Unnur Brá Konráðsdóttir breastfed her 6-week-old daughter while addressing parliament about new immigration legislation, saying:

‘She was hungry and I had not expected to go to the pulpit… I either had to tear the baby girl off me and leave her crying with the MP sitting next to me or just take her with me and I thought it would cause less disturbance to take her with me.’

Jess Phillips

Our own Jess Phillips, Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley, has been pushing for more women in parliament. One of the ways she hopes this can be achieved is by allowing new mothers to breastfeed in the House of Commons chamber.

Many other UK politicians have supported the cause too, including Grimsby’s first female MP, Melanie Onn, who called for the modernisation of parliament. And, before her tragic death, the Rt. Hon. Jo Cox MP was really vocal about her views that the House of Commons should move with the times by allowing breastfeeding in the chamber. She stood up to challengers by saying:

‘This is what women do, get over it – it’s good for children.’

We're right there with these pioneers. It's a shame that they're still pushing so hard for these changes in 2017 but with strong advocates at the helm hopefully the tides are changing. 

Our midwife Kate says:

'Mothers should be made to feel empowered to breastfeed wherever they feel comfortable. Babies need to feed according to their needs, no matter where or when and usually will not wait!'

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