A member of Althing, Iceland’s parliament, Unnur Brá Konráðsdóttir, just proved that if a mom is determined enough, she can do anything and everything.
The lawmaker was faced with an unusual dilemma when she brought her daughter to work with her and was breastfeeding her when she was called to the lectern to respond to a bill.
Konráðsdóttir, who has been an MP in Althing since 2009, didn’t miss a beat, though. She walked up to the front with her baby still at her breast and gave her remarks in front of her fellow lawmakers and television cameras.
If she was nervous, or if the other lawmakers were bothered by it, no one showed it.
“It’s like any job: You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do,” Konráðsdóttir told Agence France-Presse. “It is the most natural thing in the world.”
According to the Independent, she later elaborated on her decision, “She was hungry, and I had not expected to go to the pulpit. Then another MP was giving statements on a bill that I put forward on the behalf of the Judicial Affairs Committee, to which I had to respond. So I either had to tear the baby girl off me and leave her crying with the MP sitting next to me or just take her with me, and I thought it would cause less disturbance to take her with me.”
After Konráðsdóttir left the lectern, lawmakers continued to debate the bill to which she had responded as if nothing unusual had happened.
In fact, in their eyes, it may have been nothing unusual since the baby, who is Konráðsdóttir’s third child, has accompanied her to parliament “almost since she was born.”
“She has attended numerous committee meetings with me over the final days of this parliament,” Konráðsdóttir was quoted as saying by the paper. “Usually she is very calm and when we cast our votes she is sound asleep. So there have never been any incidents before.”
Not surprisingly, it is being reported by Iceland news outlets that this is the first time an MP has breastfed while giving a speech in parliament.