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Actress Livid After What Airport Security Made Her Do to Her Breast Milk: 'Not OK


"Why would I need to pump if I had the baby with me?"

Actress Alyssa Milano took to Twitter Thursday morning to blast airport security. No, she didn't get singled out for a patdown; she had her expressed breast milk taken away.

Actress Alyssa Milano and her son Milo attend the Huggies Snug & Dry and Baby2Baby Mother's Day Garden Party, April 27, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Baby2Baby)

The 42-year-old mother of two, who has been very open with her breastfeeding of baby Elizabella in the past, was going on a "romantic getaway" without her children and was pumping on the road, something that's important for nursing mothers to do to maintain their supply.

A few hours later though, she tweeted that security at London's Heathrow Airport took away the milk she had pumped.

According to Heathrow Airport's website, travelers can carry a "reasonable amount" of breast milk with them, but only if they are "traveling with a baby or infant."

"If you are not traveling with a baby / infant all your liquids must comply with the 100ml rule," the website states.

Milano said that if she had been told about the size limits on the milk, she would have "happily" poured it into smaller amounts among several containers.

Heathrow officials referred TheBlaze to the U.K.'s transportation department, which sets the guidelines. The airport commission did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Now, you might be wondering why Milano is getting so upset over the milk if her child is not traveling with her. While breast milk at room temperature is only good for a few hours, if she intended to refrigerate it or freeze it at her final destination, it could last for several days to months.

In the United States, the Transportation Security Administration allows travelers to carry more than the usual 3.4-ounce liquid limit if it's breast milk, formula or juice for a child. These items are sent through the X-ray machine and may undergo other testing by TSA as well. The TSA does not specify if the child has to be traveling with the parent or not.

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