Airport Tosses Alyssa Milano’s Breast Milk

If you’ve ever nursed a child, you know how precious every drop of breast milk is to a mother and her baby. You also know if you’re nursing and are going to be away from your child for more than a few hours, you need to pump. That means bringing all the supplies necessary to bring your milk back to your baby. Usually, that it isn’t much of a problem. But, I guess it depends where you are.

Actress Alyssa Milano recently learned that you can’t bring a 10-ounce container of breast milk through airport security without a baby present. Security workers at Heathrow Airport not only confiscated her milk, they also threw it away! To say she was annoyed would be an understatement. So, she did what anyone else in 2015 would do. She tweeted her outrage.

Milano said she was told she could bring the pumped breast milk through with her if she had the baby with her. Obviously she didn’t. So, the breast milk would need to follow the rules for liquids in carry-on bags. That means all liquids need to be in a container no larger than 3.4 ounces to get through security. Milano said she would have happily separated the milk into different containers and scanned with her other liquids, but she says she wasn’t even given the chance. The milk was taken away and thrown out.

This incident has a lot of people talking. Although we all know what needs to be done to make sure airports and flights are safe, I think throwing away a mother’s breast milk is a little much. If security didn’t even give Milano a chance to separate the milk to comply with the rules, as she says, then I think she has every right to be angry. She should have at least been given the chance so she could bring home that precious milk to her seven-month-old daughter.

It seems for every step we take to encourage women to breastfeed, we take two steps back. Whether it’s not providing adequate areas to nurse, or throwing away breast milk at an airport, breastfeeding is often portrayed as something inconvenient. Instead of discouraging women, more needs to be done to help women as they try to nourish their babies.

Do you think Heathrow Airport’s actions went too far in tossing Alyssa Milano’s breast milk?