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Mom Forced to Dump 4 Gallons of Breast Milk at LHR

Nursing mother Jessica Coakley Martinez was allegedly forced to dump out nearly four gallons of breast milk after attempting to pass it through security at Heathrow Airport (LHR). Coakley Martinez claims that security instructed her to discard the bottled breast milk as well as a two-gallon frozen block intended for future consumption by her eight-month-old son. The frustrated mother of two posted an open letter to Facebook, saying “You humiliated me and made me feel completely defeated as a professional and a mother.”


A spokesperson for Heathrow commented: “We know that know that parents have particular travel needs, so we have developed a dedicated section on our website which provides relevant advice on breast milk. If you are travelling with a baby or infant you can carry a reasonable amount outside of your liquid bag for your journey.”

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flyerCO June 28, 2016

4 Gallons is far from reasonable for what is needed for travel.

weero April 29, 2016

A REASONABLE amount for TRAVEL, IF (and only if) you bring the baby. I am quite shocked as if what she's claiming is true, then several airports make random decisions not to enforce the rules. Sure it's just the nonsensical liquid rule here but all passengers should be treated equal. I also do not buy her claim that Heathrow made her dump the milk, they would certainly have allowed her to check the goods. It would be good to hear both sides here.

tangey April 29, 2016

Rule #1, check the regulations in the countries that you fly into and out of. To just assume that you could take 24 pints of a liquid substance on board an aircraft is naive.

puddinhead April 28, 2016

US has an exemption for medical liquids and breast milk - UK doesn't?

aznatama April 26, 2016

No liquids over a certain amount allowed through security, no exceptions. Seems like this "professional" apparently can't read, or feels entitled to be exempt from certain rules.