What a great photo.
(Thanks Hoyden About Town, who thanks The Age newspaper).
Ever feel self-conscious breastfeeding, feel like the whole world is watching you? Spare a thought for Australian MP Kirstie Marshall and remember that breastfeeding in public is your right by law (in Australia)and is also still a powerful political act, because when we exclude breastfeeding mothers from places we are really excluding women from those places.
Several years ago a push for female Parliamentarians to be able to breastfeed in the Parliamentary Chamber was finally successful in Australia.
This change occurred after the incident in which ALP MP Kirstie Marshall was ejected from the Victorian State parliament floor for breastfeeding her daughter. Twelve-day-old Charlotte was considered a “stranger in the house” under standing orders at the time. At the time, Liberal minister Amanda Vanstone had a dig at Marshall, saying that she pitied her baby for being fed in “a noisy and testosterone-filled televised parliamentary debate”. As always, women are expected to confine themselves, to avoid public life dominated by aggressive men, rather than men being expected to act like decent human beings – regardless of whether there is or isn’t an infant present!
Read more here at Hoyden About Town where they are celebrating the Australian Capital Territory’s Parliament becoming the first parliament in Australia to get accreditation as a breastfeeding-friendly workplace by the Australian Breastfeeding Association.