Alia Joy has become the first baby to be breastfed in the Senate chamber.
Her mother, who is the Green party’s co-deputy leader, has returned to parliament for the first time since giving birth to her second daughter earlier this year.
The 40-year-old Queensland politician brought Alia in for a feed during a vote on a Greens motion.
She wrote on Twitter: “So proud that my daughter Alia is the first baby to be breastfed in the federal Parliament! We need more #women parents in Parli.”
Parliamentary rules were changed last year to allow mothers to feed their children in the chamber.
The milestone moment comes after she helped introduce rule changes which now allow mums and dads to briefly care for their infants while on the parliament floor.
— Larissa Waters (@larissawaters) 9 May 2017
Previously rules stated children were technically banned in the chamber and breastfeeding mothers were given a proxy vote.
The House of Representatives has made similar changes.
Senator Waters wrote on Facebook: “We need more women and parents in Parliament.
“And we need more family-friendly and flexible workplaces, and affordable child care, for everyone.”
Fellow senator Katy Gallagher said it was a moment that deserved to be acknowledged.
“Women have been doing it in parliaments around the world… It is great to see it is able to occur now in the Senate,” she told Sky News.
“Women are going to continue to have babies and if they want to do their job and be at work and look after their baby… the reality is we are going to have to accommodate that.”
The change followed controversy in 2015 surrounding former assistant treasurer Kelly O’Dwyer, who was asked whether she had considered expressing more milk to avoid missing her parliamentary duties.