Australian senator makes history breastfeeding baby daughter in Parliament

Laila Joy accompanied her mother to work. Credit: AAP Image/Mick Tsikas/PA

An Australian senator has made history by becoming the first person to breastfeed in the country's federal Parliament.

Larissa Waters, the Co-Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens and a Senator for Queensland, brought her weeks old daughter, Alia Joy, into the federal Senate during a vote on a Greens motion.

While breastfeeding has been allowed in the Senate since 2003, Ms Waters successfully extended the rules last year to include caring for an infant while on the Parliament floor.

The laws allow Ms Waters' partner to bring their newborn daughter into the Senate when she needs feeding.

Ms Waters took to social media to highlight her achievement and called for more women and parents in Australia's Parliament.

The 40-year-old also aired her views on her Facebook page, posting: "I am so proud that my daughter Alia is the first baby to be breastfed in the federal Parliament!

"We need more women and parents in Parliament. And we need more family-friendly and flexible workplaces, and affordable childcare, for everyone."

In another Facebook post calling for more to be done to help parents, Ms Waters wrote: "I know how lucky I am to be able to take my baby to work with me. Most new parents don't have that luxury.

"Flexible, family friendly workplaces and affordable child care should be available to all working parents."