Australian senator makes history, becomes first woman to breastfeed her baby in Parliament

- A senator in Australia is being praised for pushing barriers and becoming the first woman to breast-feed her baby in that country's Parliament chamber.

On Tuesday, Larissa Waters, 40, tweeted out a now viral photo of her holding and feeding her two month old daughter during a vote on the Parliament Senate floor.

She captioned it: "So proud that my daughter Alia is the first baby to be breast-fed in the federal Parliament! We need more #women & parents in Parli #auspol."

The senator also posted the photo on Facebook and wrote: "We need more women and parents in Parliament. And we need more family-friendly and flexible workplaces, and affordable childcare, for everyone."

Waters, co-deputy leader for the Australian Greens party, returned to work 10 weeks after giving birth to her Alia, her second daughter.

Last year, she was instrumental in bringing changes to Parliament Senate rules to allow mothers to breast-feeding on the floor.

Australia's House of Representatives has made similar changes.

A recent U.S. News and World Report survey ranked Australia eighth for best countries for raising kids as well as best countries for woman, behind Sweden which came out on top in both categories.

The U.S. ranked 19th and 16th respectively, according to the survey.

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