Apparently the British friendly skies aren’t so friendly, and breastfeeding advocate Alyssa Milano is furious. While going through security at London’s Heathrow Airport, the Who’s The Boss sweetheart had her breast milk confiscated and, even worse, thrown away.
She vented her frustrations April 9th in a series of tweets beginning with, “(1 of 2) @HeathrowAirport just took my pumped breast milk away. 10 ounces. Gone. Not okay” followed by, “(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????”
In the battle over breast milk, Heathrow replied to the tweet with, “@Alyssa_Milano Hi Alyssa. Unfortunately, without a baby present, the government requires all liquids in carry-ons to follow the 100ml rule.”
Alyssa gave birth to her daughter Elizabella Dylan seven months ago and questioned why security could test her toiletries, but simply threw away her breast milk.
Alyssa issued a statement to Us Weekly, stating in part, “Every ounce of milk I’m able to produce for my child is nothing short of a miracle and to watch that milk be thrown away without any regard for my baby, was heartbreaking.”
She also added acknowledgement that airport security personnel were just doing their job, but she does think it’s a matter that needs reconsideration.
“I’m glad this has started a dialogue,” she continued. “My only hope is to make things easier for moms, breastfeeding and formula feeding moms, everywhere.” ~Sandra D. Sukraj