Australian senator, Larissa Waters, made history this week when she breastfed her daughter while moving a motion in the country’s federal parliament.
First time I’ve had to move a Senate motion while breastfeeding! And my partner in crime moved her own motion just before mine, bless her
— Larissa Waters (@larissawaters) June 22, 2017
As we’ve come to expect when breastfeeding is in the news, comments have ranged from supportive and celebratory, to derogatory and crude.
Waters makes an important point, saying: “we need more women and parents in parliament. And we need more family-friendly and flexible workplaces, and affordable child care, for everyone.”
Snugabell is proudly family-friendly. Wendy built Snugabell with the help of her family, while raising her daughters. Over the years, Snugabellies have turned into Snugababies and there’s often a little one underfoot during our monthly team meetings.
Providing flexibility in the workplace allows mothers to re-enter the workforce and contribute their skills and expertise, while supporting their feeding goals (which we know can have both short term and long term health benefits for babies and mothers).
Do you work for a family-friendly employer? Have you breastfed your nursling at work? How could your employer provide more flexibility to better support you and your family?