Alyssa Milano took Heathrow Airport to task on Twitter
yesterday for confiscating 10 ounces of the new mother's pumped breast milk.
"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?" she tweeted.
actress noted that she'd had the milk in containers that were less than five
ounces each, but would have redistributed the milk if it had been clear there
had been a problem. Instead, she was forced to dump her milk without question
or further discussion.
Milano offered an official statement earlier today. "Breastfeeding my children has been one of the
greatest joys of my life. 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. It's not
the fault of the security in the airport; they’re following orders to keep us
all safe. But, I do I feel it is a policy that needs thoughtful reconsideration.
I'm glad this has started a dialogue. My only hope is to make things easier for
moms, breastfeeding and formula feeding moms, everywhere."
By the time Milano had passed through security, she needed
to pump again, which meant she boarded the plane with — you guessed it — five
ounces of breast milk anyway. (Mic)