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Sunday 23 July 2017

History made as Australian senator breastfeeds baby on floor of parliament

Larissa Waters breastfeeds her baby during a session in the Senate Chamber in Canberra (Mick Tsikas/AAP Image via AP)
Larissa Waters breastfeeds her baby during a session in the Senate Chamber in Canberra (Mick Tsikas/AAP Image via AP)

An Australian senator has made history by breastfeeding her infant daughter on the floor of the country's parliament.

Senator Larissa Waters returned to parliament on Tuesday for the first time since giving birth, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

She breastfed baby Alia during a vote on the floor of the chamber in the capital, Canberra.

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! We need more #women & parents in Parli."

She earlier instigated changes to Senate rules giving new parents the option of briefly caring for infants on the floor of parliament.

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