Lawmaker Addresses Parliament While Breastfeeding: 'You've Got to Do What You've Got to Do'
An Iceland member of parliament walked to the lectern on live TV with a baby latched to her breast — and no one batted an eye.
Unnur Bra Konradsdottir addressed the Althingi (parliament) while feeding her 6-week-old daughter, an act she called, “the most natural thing in the world.”
Iceland is a leader in gender equality, electing its first female head of state in 1980, according to Agence France-Presse.
The lawmaker/mother said getting up and addressing her colleagues while feeding her baby was no big deal.
“It’s like any job, you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do,” she said.
She hadn’t expected to be called to speak when she began breastfeeding her daughter, but then a colleague started talking about a bill she had earlier introduced and was called upon to respond.
“So I either had to tear the baby girl off me and leave her crying with the MP sitting next to me or just take her with me, and I thought it would cause less disturbance to take her with me,” the lawmaker said, according the Independent.
Public breastfeeding is a hot topic in several countries, including the U.S. and Britain.
Recently, a woman breastfeeding in a Target store was defended by shoppers when a man began screaming at her and called her actions “f***ing disgusting.
A North Carolina woman was ordered from a courtroom earlier this year by judge who said her breastfeeding with a cover over the baby was unacceptable.