First baby breastfed in Australian Senate

Australian Breastfeeding Association Southern Highlands Group members Kim Hol, Katherine Seers and Belinda Galbraith. Photo: supplied

Australian Breastfeeding Association Southern Highlands Group members Kim Hol, Katherine Seers and Belinda Galbraith. Photo: supplied

An Australian-first has made some Highland mothers very happy.

Alia Joy has become the first baby to be breastfed in the Senate, when she decided she needed to be fed right before her mother, Greens senator Larissa Waters, needed to speak.

Australian Breastfeeding Association Southern Highlands Group Leader Katherine Seers said it was an important event.

"Especially in National Mothering Week, it is timely to see women balancing motherhood and their careers,” she said. 

“The nature of our association is to support mothers on a daily basis and it’s lovely to see women and their families supporting each other during the early days of their baby’s lives.”

Senator Larissa Waters had returned from leave for the budget week, and brought along 11-week-old Alia Joy and the baby’s father.

While feeding Alia and preparing for a 10-minute speech in her parliamentary office, Ms Waters was told she was needed much sooner than expected.

Ms Waters brought Alia into the Senate and continued feeding her until it was time for her to speak.

If you would like to recognise National Mothering Week, or learn more about breastfeeding, join the ABA Southern Highlands members at their group meeting on May 25 from 10.00am to 12.00pm.

Their guest speaker is counsellor Luciana De Michiel, who will give a talk focused on post-natal self care.

The group will meet at Christian Connect Church, corner of Spring and Railway Streets, Moss Vale.

For more information, contact Belinda Galbraith on 0438 312 254.

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