The Mistresses actress was traveling with 10 ounces of breast milk, and when she was at Heathrow airport in London, her milk was confiscated because she didn't have her baby daughter, Elizabella, with her at the time. This really upset Milano, who took to Twitter to slam the airport's security measures.
Pumping on a plane is difficult. Small FYI.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) April 9, 2015
(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
She also found it confusing that the airport tested her toiletries to make sure that they were safe, but threw away her breast milk, which left her asking the airport why it was OK that she was allowed her shampoo but not her breast milk.
.@HeathrowAirport Why can you test my toiletries to make sure they are safe but you have to throw away my breast milk?— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) April 9, 2015
.@HeathrowAirport I was told I would be fine if the baby was with me. Plus, it was less than 5 ounces per container. Why is my shampoo okay?— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) April 9, 2015
What made even less sense to Milano was that after she got through security, she had to pump her breast milk again, and then she ended up taking it on board with her.
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
Heathrow airport responded to the actress, explaining that the reason they had confiscated her breast milk was due to liquid restrictions.
@Alyssa_Milano Hi Alyssa. Unfortunately, without a baby present, the government requires all liquids in carry-ons to follow the 100ml rule.— Heathrow Airport (@HeathrowAirport) April 9, 2015
@Alyssa_Milano Sorry for any confusion caused. To confirm, if you aren't travelling with your baby, milk is subject to the 100ml/(3.4oz) 1/2— Heathrow Airport (@HeathrowAirport) April 9, 2015
However, many fans agree with Milano and feel that it was a ridiculous decision on the airport's behalf.
UPDATE April 10: Alyssa Milano elaborated on the incident in a statement to Us Weekly, saying that producing milk is "nothing short of a miracle.
"I realize there are much larger issues going on in the world. And I don't want to turn this into a bigger issue than it is but I will say this… breastfeeding my children has been one of the greatest joys of my life," she told the publication.
"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."
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