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Larissa Waters just made history by breastfeeding in the Australian Senate.

Mamamia logo Mamamia 9/05/2017 Caitlin Bishop

Greens Senator Larissa Waters soothes baby Alia Joy after breastfeeding her during a division in the Senate Chamber at Parliament House in Canberra. © AAP Image/Mick Tsikas Greens Senator Larissa Waters soothes baby Alia Joy after breastfeeding her during a division in the Senate Chamber at Parliament House in Canberra. Today, Queensland Senator Larissa Waters has made history as the first politician to breastfeed her baby in the Australian Senate.

This is the senator’s first week back in parliament after giving birth to her daughter Alia Joy, who is 11 weeks old.

“So proud that my daughter Alia is the first baby to be breastfed in the federal Parliament! We need more women and parents in Parliament,” Waters, 40, posted to Twitter.

Breastfeeding has been permitted in the chamber since 2003 but, last year, Waters extended these rules to encompass 'caring for an infant' in general.

"If she’s hungry, that’s what you do, you feed your baby," Senator Waters told The Courier Mail.

Waters' partner Jeremy Gates was also in the chamber. He has taken time out of running his digital marketing agency to be a full-time dad and was minding Alia while Waters was preparing a 10-minutes speech.

During this preparation, it was clear she was needed for other duties, too.

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