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This Politician Casually Breastfed At Work And People Are Here For It

Karina Gould has been bringing her baby boy to work, and yes, babies need to eat.

Posted on June 20, 2018, at 1:46 p.m. ET

This is Karina Gould, who has the distinction of being the first Canadian federal cabinet minister to have a baby while in office.

Sean Kilpatrick / THE CANADIAN PRESS

Gould, who serves as the minister of democratic institutions, returned from maternity leave last month with her 3-month-old son, Oliver, in tow.

Little Oliver has fit right in at Parliament Hill, taking time to meet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Gould has also made a point of bringing Oliver into the House of Commons, sometimes with a little help from her colleagues.

And on Tuesday she proved again that motherhood and politics can coexist when she casually breastfed Oliver during Question Period.


That's her in the top left corner, feeding her kid like it's no big deal (because it isn't). Question Period happens daily, and it's a time when members of Parliament get to grill one another and hold one another accountable.

Even reporters thought it was cool to see breastfeeding so normalized in a place like the House of Commons.

Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould is breastfeeding her baby during QP in the House of Commons. I’m glad I live in a country where this is normal and accepted (as it should be) * This is not a partisan statement *

Gould herself said that there's "no shame in breastfeeding! Baby's gotta eat & I had votes."

No shame in breastfeeding! Baby's gotta eat & I had votes. Clearly still work to do... Glad @HoCSpeaker & parl colleagues supportive! :)

Gould demonstrated that breastfeeding is the most normal and natural thing in the world, and that clearly means a lot to many people.

@karinagould @HoCSpeaker Thank you @karinagould @HoCSpeaker for normalizing breastfeeding! Women and work and children can all thrive.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.