A mother of two from US has talked of her frustration that she had to dump 500 oz (14.8 liters) of breast milk forcefully at security at Heathrow Airport, London.
Jessica Coakley Martinez, the mother of two who was travelling, leaving behind her eight-month-old son cried that she felt very humiliated. This is an open letter posted on the face book.
“You made me dump out nearly two weeks worth of food for my son,” she cried
According to the Heathrow, the rules of the UK government concerned with liquids being carried on the plane are published for the passengers on its website.
As per the rules that are set out by the department of transport, it is stated that liquids are only allowed to be carried in 100ml containers or less than that and in transparent and resealabele single bag.
According to the website, exceptions are made in the case of baby milk or any other food for the baby but also if the passenger is travelling together with the baby. It also states that the any excess liquids should be treated as hold luggage.
Though Ms. Martines wrote the above message on the Facebook, she should have observed the rules, the rule that the mother of the baby was not allowed to carry the breast milk while travelling without her baby was termed to be “incredibly unfair and exclusionary in consideration of all of the other working mothers like me”.
Martines also wrote that: “If I acted irate, it’s because it was the only appropriate reaction I could muster.”
She said that she do not have the option of solely breastfeed her son since she do not have enough milk to supply her son with while she is at work despite all her breast efforts.
She also added that being a mother that works and ensuring that both her son and her job get exactly what is expected is the hardest task she has ever done but the security had managed to make it nearly impossible in a single afternoon.