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Larissa Waters' viral breastfeeding photo has an important message about motherhood.

This working mom's fight for a better world gets a boost from her new baby.

Larissa Waters' viral breastfeeding photo has an important message about motherhood.

Think politics is filled with nothing but whining babies? Just wait until you see what's happening in Australia.

Queensland Sen. Larissa Waters just became the first woman to breastfeed on the floor of Australia's parliament. Thanks to a 2016 rule that gave the all-clear for moms to breast- and bottle-feed on the job, Waters made a bit of history when she brought 10-week-old Alia Joy to work this week.

She marked the occasion with a celebratory tweet.


The whole thing might seem kind of silly, but there's actually a really important message here.

"If we want more young women in Parliament, we must make the rules more family friendly to allow new mothers and new fathers to balance their parliamentary and parental duties," Waters said in November.

Worldwide, Waters isn't alone. She joins Icelandic member of parliament Unnur Brá Konráðsdóttir, Spanish politician Carolina Bescansa, and Italian politician and former member of European parliament Licia Ronzulli as mothers in politics who've brought their babies to the job.

Normalizing the act of breastfeeding (really folks, it shouldn't be that big of a deal) by making accommodations for new parents' hectic schedules and fighting for paid parental leave are both part of the fight for the more equal and welcoming world Waters wants. Sadly, some countries don't have paid maternal or paternal leave (most notably the U.S.), and there's still an unfortunate stigma and disgust surrounding breastfeeding (especially in public) that needs to stop.

Waters longs for the day when a mother feeding her child in public or at work isn't news.

"We need family-friendly and flexible workplaces for all so this isn't news anymore," she tweeted ahead of an interview with Sky News.

Announcing Alia's birth in an International Women's Day Facebook post back in March, Waters offered up a sweet note to her new daughter along with a mission statement about her purpose in motherhood and in politics.

What a fitting day to announce the arrival of my second daughter, Alia Joy! She has a head of hair like an 80s pop star...

Posted by Larissa Waters on Tuesday, March 7, 2017

"She is even more inspiration for continuing our work to address gender inequality and stem dangerous climate change. (And yes, if she's hungry, she will be breastfed in the Senate chamber)," she wrote, later adding, "Our public health system is excellent and must be fought for and protected! To all the awesome mums out there juggling everything — you are the real superheroes."

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Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

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Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.