Breastfeeding in public usually elicits mixed reactions. Some frown upon it while others praise it, because let’s face it – a baby must feed when they should right?
Australian Senator Larissa Waters has become the first politician to breastfeed in the nation’s parliament. Mind you she did this while the house was voting.
The good news is the Senate actually allows breastfeeding, but no MPs in either house had done so. On Facebook she posted “We need more women and parents in Parliament,” “And we need more family-friendly and flexible workplaces, and affordable child care, for everyone.”
The subject is a sensitive issue in many parliaments around the world. In 2016, Spanish MP Carolina Bescansa, from the Podemos (We Can) party, was both criticised and commended for by taking her baby into parliament and breastfeeding him.
Question is – will we soon see a woman MP breastfeed in Kenya’s parliament? All we can do is wait.