As more women (and moms) enter into the world of politics, it only makes sense that they’re bringing the realities of ‘momming’ it as well. This week, Nebraska’s state Senator Machaela Cavanaugh made history as she nursed her baby on the legislature floor.
Nebraska state Senator Machaela Cavanaugh posted a Facebook picture of her nursing her six-month-old baby boy on the legislature floor in the state capital and made history as the first Nebraska state senator to do so.
Cavanaugh said she wasn’t even thinking about ‘making history,’ as much as she was thinking that inclement weather meant her baby Barrett had to join her at work. Saying he was her third, and she is on autopilot at this point of parenting, she figured nursing him while she listened to a floor debate wasn’t a big deal. She sat at her desk because it was better than standing off to the side, and Barrett needed to eat.
Today, my staff let me know that I am the first Nebraska State Senator to nurse on the floor in Nebraska History. 🤱Due…
Sounds easy enough, righ? Baby needs to eat, mama feeds him, life happens.
Facebook commenters praised her for making the way for more breastfeeding awareness and legislation that was mom-friendly, and one commenter asked if there was any plan for a better place for capitol building staff to pump than the ‘first-floor bathroom.’
Last day of Bill Introduction! ⌛️Today, we introduced NINE pieces of legislation that will make our Nebraska a safer,…
Cavanaugh responded to that comment positively, sharing that she’d just introduced a new bill that would do just that. LB 709 will call for the creation of a space in the capitol building for nursing parents and that it will be private, have electrical outlets and running water and will NOT be a bathroom. She said she wants the space to be open to legislators, staff and even visitors to the capitol.
Novel concept, huh?
Photos: Senator Machaela Cavanaugh/Facebook