Finally, a politician applauded for breastfeeding at work

Mums are renowned for being able to juggle several things at once, but one female politician has won our vote for multi-tasker of the month after breastfeeding her baby while simultaneously shaping her nation.

Argentinian parliamentarian Victoria Donda Perez was photographed breastfeeding eight-month-old daughter Trilce during a parliamentary session recently. The picture went viral after it was published in a newspaper in Peru.

There have been some detractors online, but it has largely been celebrated all over the world as a shining example of public breastfeeding.

Trilce is no stranger to her mother’s workplace at the Congressional Palace in Buenos Aires – she often tags along to visit constituents and has even met Bolivian president Evo Morales, reports Mashable.

But the breastfeeding photo has made them both poster girls for public nursing. And the best thing? No one in the parliamentary chamber batted an eyelid.

It’s a far cry from 2003 here in Australia, when former Olympic skiier Kirstie Marshall was kicked out of Victoria’s State Parliament for breastfeeding 10-day-old daughter Charlotte in the chamber just before question time. Protesting MPs invoked standing orders that regarded Charlotte as a “stranger” to the House, effectively banning her from being there.

Ms Marshall had to finish feeding Charlotte in her office. “Charlotte was inside me in the chamber, so I did not consider her a stranger once she was born,” she told the Daily Mail at the time.

The tides appear to be turning, though, when it comes to general opinion on public breastfeeding. Earlier this month, we told you how Twitter users lashed out at radio shock jock Steve Price over his comments about a mum who nursed her baby while walking through an airport. Some workplaces are starting to make life easier for mums too – take tech giant IBM, which has started shipping its employees’ breastmilk to their babies when they’re away for work.

Unfortunately, someone forgot to tell Donald Trump. The US celebrity businessman turned presidential hopeful made headlines this week when it was revealed he had blasted a lawyer as “disgusting” and “horrible” when she asked for a meeting break to express milk for her baby.

For more, see our breastfeeding archives.

(Image via @infoabae, Twitter)

Michelle Rose

Michelle Rose

Michelle is a journalist and mum to two girls who are obsessed with dinosaurs, fairies, pirates and princesses in equal measure. She lives in Melbourne's east with her husband, daughters and a giant, untameable labradoodle. Michelle loves all things vegetarian, wine (it's a fruit) and online shopping.

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