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New Zealand speaker feeds baby during Parliament debate

Mallard held and fed the 1-month-old son of lawmaker Tamati Coffey, who had recently returned from paternity leave.

The New Zealand Parliament’s speaker Trevor Mallard held and fed the 1-month-old son of lawmaker Tamati Coffey, who had recently returned from paternity leave.
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SALT LAKE CITY — The New Zealand Parliament’s speaker Trevor Mallard spent Wednesday feeding a baby instead of deliberating politics.

Mallard held and fed the 1-month-old son of lawmaker Tamati Coffey, who had recently returned from paternity leave and was sitting nearby, according to CNN.

Mallard tweeted about the moment.

“Normally the speaker’s chair is only used by presiding officers but today a VIP took the chair with me,” he said.

Mallard also shared a photo of him feeding the baby. Videos of the moment showed Mallard rocking the baby, too, as the debate on the floor rolled on.

Social media weighed in on the moment, too. Responses were overwhelmingly positive for Twitter. Other lawmakers supported Mallard as well for holding the baby, CNN reported.

So how did this all happen? Well, Coffey cuddled with the new baby but Mallard offered to take over the duties, according to Reuters.

While this is a heartwarming moment, other international governments might not stand for it. For example, Kenyan lawmaker Zulekha Hassan got booted from the National Assembly floor when she brought her baby into parliament, according to USA Today.