Malaysian women lawmakers get enclosure to nurse babiesDecember 19th, 2009 - 3:11 pm ICT by IANS
Kuala Lumpur, Dec 19 (IANS) Malaysian women parliamentarians now have a special area in the VIP restroom at the Parliament building to nurse their infants.
The move comes as breastfeeding by women lawmakers, and by women at workplaces in general, are issues being debated in many countries. In some places, women have been banned from nursing their infants.
In 2003, the Victorian state parliament in Australia ejected a new mother, Kirstie Marshall for breastfeeding her baby in the chamber, according to The Age newspaper.
The first Malaysian lawmaker to benefit from this enclosure divided by a curtain is Nurul Izzah Anwar, an opposition lawmaker who uses it to feed her five-month-old baby, The Star newspaper said Saturday.
Deputy Health Minister Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin, who is seven-and-a-half-months pregnant, said she plans to use the facility after her baby is born.
The facility was made available since the opening of the current Parliament session in October.
Nurul Izzah, 29, requested for a nursing room when she gave birth to her second child five months ago.
Her child was only a few months old when Nurul Izzah won the Lembah Pantai parliamentary seat in the March 8 general election last year.
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