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18th Oct 2016

This Icelandic MP Casually Breastfeeds During Speech To Parliament – And No-One Cares

Trine Jensen-Burke

Iceland is one of the most socially progressive countries in the world.

So much so that when a female Icelandic MP last week delivered a live televised speech to parliament while also breastfeeding her baby daughter, no-one batted an eyelid.

Unnur Brá Konráðsdóttir was feeding her six-week-old in the Althing, Reykjavík, when she was called to respond to a bill. And rather than pull the baby off her breast and risk a hungry, crying child, she multitasked – like a BOSS. The mother-of-three walked to the podium to stand and deliver her comments succinctly, before going back to her seat.

And guess what? The world kept turning. It was, in many ways, a landmark minute for breastfeeding mamas worldwide, and made all the more significant for its complete uneventfulness.

Speaking later to AFP, Konráðsdóttir explained how breastfeeding is “the most natural thing in the world.”

“She wasn’t disturbed,” the right-wing Independence Party MP, said. “On the contrary, she would have been bothered if I had stopped feeding her to speak.”

“It’s like any job, really, you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.”