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FILE - In his Sept. 15, 2015 file photo, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, bottom right, makes an address at Parliament after he was sworn in as prime minister in Canberra, Australia. Lawmakers can now breastfeed in the Australian Parliament after the government changed the rules on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, to make politics more family-friendly. But none of the nursing mothers appeared keen to take up the opportunity. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, File)

An Australian senator made history by becoming the first woman to breastfeed in Parliament


Australian Senator Larissa Waters made her return to Parliament after giving birth to her second daughter and made history by being the first woman to breastfeed in the Australian Parliament on Tuesday, Yahoo reported

"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," said fellow Australian politician Katy Gallagher. 

Waters tweeted about the act, acknowledging her baby's accomplishment as well.

Waters had changed the Australian Senate rules in 2015 to allow parents to briefly care for their infants on the floor of Parliament. Breastfeeding fell under this new provision. 

"Women have been doing it in parliaments around the world... It is great to see it is able to occur now in the Senate," said Gallagher.

Last year, an Icelandic MP made the news for breast feeding her child while also speaking in the country's Parliament. 

Waters often tweets about the problems facing women in contemporary society. 

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