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.
— Larissa Waters (@larissawaters) May 9, 2017
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.’
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!'
The This Morning hosts were shocked by a mother’s view that breastfeeding women should be ‘more discreet’.
Former Towie star Sam Faiers was unfairly criticised on social media today after breastfeeding her baby Paul live on ITV.
NHS England have released figures showing that the most romantic day of the year leads to a spike in conceptions.
The Call the Midwife star has been praised by fans this week for her gracious response to a tweet about her physical appearance during pregnancy.
Maternity fitnesswear specialists, FittaMamma have launched a ‘Pregnant Not Powerless’ campaign to raise awareness of just how important it is to exercise regularly throughout pregnancy.
Health ministers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have backed the idea of adding folic acid to flour after evidence shows that it could protect babies from common birth defects.