Ask any breastfeeding mom how hard it is to pump and store breast milk, especially while traveling, and she will explain why pumped breast milk is considered liquid gold for breastfeeding mothers.
So you can imagine how unhappy Milano was when about 10 ounces of her breast milk was confiscated by airport security today at Heathrow International Airport.
The actress — mom to 3-year-old son, Milo Thomas, and 7-month-old daughter, Elizabella Dylan — turned to Twitter with her frustration. "Gone," Milano tweeted. "Not okay."
(1 of 2) @HeathrowAirport just took my pumped breast milk away. 10 ounces. Gone. Not okay.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) April 9, 2015
(2 of 2) They said they would let the pumped milk through if I had the baby with me. Why would I need to pump if I had the baby with me????— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) April 9, 2015
For their part, officials at Heathrow tried to respond to Milano's tweets:
@Alyssa_Milano Hi Alyssa. Unfortunately, without a baby present, the government requires all liquids in carry-ons to follow the 100ml rule.— Heathrow Airport (@HeathrowAirport) April 9, 2015
But Milano did not let up:
.@HeathrowAirport I was told I would be fine if the baby was with me. Plus, it was less than 5 ounces per container. Why is my shampoo okay?— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) April 9, 2015
.@HeathrowAirport Why can you test my toiletries to make sure they are safe but you have to throw away my breast milk?— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) April 9, 2015
And for the grand finale:
PS. Another reason it makes no sense - when I got past security it was time to pump again so... I did carry on 5 ounces of breast milk.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) April 9, 2015
Milano's unfortunate incident serves as a good reminder to nursing moms to check and recheck airport security procedures regarding traveling with breast milk. In the U.S., breast milk is considered a medically necessary liquid. According to the Transportation Security Administration, moms who wish to bring more than 3.4 ounces of it on the plane in their carryon bag must simply notify the TSA agent before the screening process begins. But with airport policies that change more frequently than a new parent changes a diaper, it's good to know what you might be dealing with when you travel — especially if you plan to travel without your baby.
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