Airports are stressful places at the best of times but Alyssa Milano has pointed out the difficulties of travelling with breast milk and using a breast pump on the plane. Milano took to Twitter to complain about airport security's rules when it comes to transporting breast milk.
Alyssa Milano has pointed out the many contradictions in airport security regulations. The former Charmed star had her pumped breast milk confiscated whilst at Heathrow airport. Milano was travelling without her children from Heathrow when the milk was confiscated by security. She took to Twitter to express her outrage.
Alyssa Milano has complained about Heathrow Airport's security on twitter.
"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.
(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
The airport did respond to Milano's queries but simply reiterated that, "without a baby present, the government requires all liquids in carry-ons to follow the 100ml rule."
Milano is mum to a daughter, Elizabella (7 months), and a 3-year-old son, Milo. Both children are by her husband David Bugliari, the couple have been married since 2008.
Milano is a strong advocate of breast feeding and has been using social media to promote acceptance of mothers publically nursing their babies without stigma. Her selfie, in which she feeds Elizabella, has been called "controversial" by a number of news outlets.
It's a beautiful picture and Milano uses a quote from the famous Czech writer, Milan Kundera. "Ah, the joy of suckling! She lovingly watched the fishlike motions of the toothless mouth and she imagined that with her milk there flowed into her little son her deepest thoughts, concepts, and dreams," Milano captioned the photograph.
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