The first deputy to breastfeed in the Italian Parliament

Rome (BLAZETRENDS) his colleagues in the lower house.

The Italian parliamentarian entered with her baby in her arms and settled in the upper part of the chamber, where some deputies came up to greet little Federico, who is the son of Riccardo Ricciardi, also a deputy for the 5-Star Movement, and congratulate his partner, according to the local media.

“Since this session, Federico, the son of our colleague Sportiello, makes his debut in the Chamber, who, for the first time and with the unanimity of the groups, is in the Chamber with us. My best wishes for Mr. Sportiello and my best wishes for a long, free and peaceful life for Federico”, announced at that moment the acting president of the classroom, Giorgio Mule, unleashing applause from the deputies.

Sportiello: promoter of the measure

The 36-year-old deputy is the promoter of the reform of the Regulations of the Chamber of Deputies that has allowed her to breastfeed her son today. In her words, it is an “important step” that “sets a precedent and sends a message to the country and to all women.”

The deputy Gilda Sportiello, in her seat in the Italian Parliament. BLAZETRENDS/EPA/FABIO FRUSTACI

“Starting today, if the highest Italian institutions allow working women to breastfeed in the workplace, this right will never again be denied to any woman, whatever her profession. No mother should ever again have to stop breastfeeding to return to work. It is essential that she continue to be solely and exclusively a woman’s choice, ”wrote the deputy on her social networks.

Last November, the Italian Lower House agreed that the deputies could access sessions with their children up to one year old and breastfeed them in a pre-established area, repealing the article that prohibited access to parliamentary headquarters “to any person outside the herself under any circumstances”, as the children of its members.

This change had been called for on several occasions by parliamentarians such as Licia Ronzulli, from the conservative Forza Italia, who in 2010 brought her daughter Vittoria, who was only six weeks old, to a session of the European Parliament, sparking debate.

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