Actress Alyssa Milano took to Twitter to express her frustration with London Heathrow Airport after 10 ounces of her breast milk was confiscated by airport authorities upon landing on Thursday morning.
Milano revealed details of the incident on the social media site shortly after it happened, saying that she was told she could not let her breast milk through security without her child being present. In a statement issued by the actress, 42-year-old Milano called having her breast milk taken away “heartbreaking.”
“Breastfeeding my children has been one of the greatest joys of my life,” the statement read. “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.”
Heathrow Airport responded to Milano’s tweets about the incident, stating their policy on carrying breast milk on flights.
“If you are not travelling with a baby / infant all your liquids must comply with the 100ml rule," the tweet said. "Spare supplies should be packed in hold baggage.”
The actress clarified in her statement that while she did not blame the airport for “following orders to keep us all safe,” she hoped that their policy on breast milk would receive “thoughtful consideration.”
“I'm glad this has started a dialogue,” her statement continued. “My only hope is to make things easier for moms, breastfeeding and formula feeding moms, everywhere.”