Icelandic Lawmaker Breastfeeds Her Baby Like A Boss While Addressing Parliament

And the session continued without a hitch.

When Icelandic Member of Parliament Unnur Br谩 Konr谩冒sd贸ttir was unexpectedly called upon to defend a bill in the middle of breastfeeding her infant daughter, the politician confidently strode up to the podium undeterred and continued to nurse her baby while she spoke.

鈥淸My child] was hungry, and I wasn鈥檛 expecting to speak, so I started feeding her,鈥 explained the mother of three. 鈥淭hen a representative asked a question about a proposal I had put forward, which I had to answer. I could choose to yank her off and leave her crying with another representative, or I could bring her with me, and I thought that would be less disruptive.鈥

Konr谩冒sd贸ttir, the chair of the Icelandic Parliament鈥檚 Judicial Affairs and Education Committee, spent about a minute on Wednesday addressing her colleagues, who appeared unfazed. The debate, focused on immigration issues, continued as usual after she finished speaking.

Breastfeeding is 鈥渢he most natural thing in the world,鈥 she later told AFP. 鈥淚t鈥檚 like any job, you鈥檝e got to do what you鈥檝e got to do.鈥

Konr谩冒sd贸ttir says she has brought her daughter to work several times since she was born six weeks ago, as shown in several photos on her Facebook page.

Spanish MP Carolina Bescansa holds her infant son Diego in Parliament.
Spanish MP Carolina Bescansa holds her infant son Diego in Parliament.
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In Spain earlier this year, parliamentarian Carolina Bescansa faced backlash when she reportedly breastfed her five-month-old son Diego in Parliament. The move was part of an effort to campaign for women鈥檚 rights and free nurseries.

Women currently hold 41 percent of the seats in Iceland鈥檚 Parliament. That number falls to 15 and 19 percent in Spain and the U.S., respectively.

It鈥檚 no surprise that according to the World Economic Forum鈥檚 Global Gender Gap Index rankings, Iceland has been the best country in the world to be a woman for the past seven years straight!

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