Alyssa Milano Forced to Throw Out Pumped Breast Milk at Heathrow Airport
Actress Alyssa Milano is criticizing Heathrow International Airport after airport security asked her to throw out her breast milk as a safety measure.
"Heathrow Airport just took my pumped breast milk away. 10 ounces. Gone. Not okay," The 42-year-old actress wrote. "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????"
Milano also said she would have been happy to dispense the milk into smaller containers so it met with guidelines on liquids but she was unable to. Milano pointed out the irony of simply testing cosmetics but not having the same process for breast milk.
"I would have happily spread milk in different containers (which I travel with) to comply to those liquid rules. Instead, milk was taken away with no discussion. Shampoo, lotions, etcetera were simply tested and handed back with no issue. Makes no sense at all," Milano wrote.
Since her baby was not with her, the airline wrote back to her and said the government requires all liquids in carry-ons to follow the 100 milliliter rule, which is just over 3 ounces.
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
A photo posted by Alyssa Milano (@milano_alyssa) on Mar 5, 2015 at 10:15am PST
In a statement, Milano said "It's not the fault of the security in the airport; they're following orders to keep us all safe. But I do feel it is a policy that needs thoughtful reconsideration. I'm glad this has started a dialogue."
Milano, 42, gave birth to her daughter, Elizabella, in September.
Milano has been very vocal in showing off her balance of being a mother and a full-time actor. Her Instagram feed is full of breastfeeding pictures while getting ready for a job.