Photo of New Zealand Speaker Feeding Baby Goes Viral


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A special guest of the New Zealand House of Representatives almost broke the internet recently. New Zealand Speaker Trevor Mallard shared a photo on social media of himself feeding one-month old Tutanekai Smith-Coffey, the son of fellow lawmaker Tamati Coffey.

 

Mr. Coffey had brought the infant to work on his first day back from paternity leave. The New Zealand Speaker fed and rocked the baby during what was a heated debate on the floor of the house. This comes just weeks after Kenyan lawmaker Zulekha Hassan was kicked out of parliament for bringing her baby into the chambers.

 

This is not the first time that a New Zealand baby has made headlines. In 2018, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden became one of very few world leaders to give birth while in office. She also went to the United Nations General Assembly in New York with her baby later that year.

 

Fellow lawmakers and other people around the world took to social media to praise this move, which was considered very progressive and something that should be copied by other countries.

 

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