Last updated: 11:20 AM ET, Tue April 26 2016

Mother Forced to Throw Breast Milk Away at Heathrow Airport

Airlines & Airports | Donald Wood | April 26, 2016

Mother Forced to Throw Breast Milk Away at Heathrow Airport

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A letter from a distressed mother has gone viral after she was forced to throw away two weeks of breast milk at Heathrow Airport in London.

According to, Jessica Coakley Martinez was involved in an incident on April 20 at Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 5 and she shared her experience on Facebook, which has been shared several thousand times.

Martinez revealed that she had stockpiled breast milk for her son as they prepared for a 15-day trip overseas. To meet airline requirements, she froze the milk solid in order to make it through security.

Unfortunately, officials at London’s Heathrow Airport told her that she needed to throw the milk away and that she would not be permitted to take it on her flight. In response, Martinez aired her grievances on Facebook:

“This wasn’t some rare bottle of wine or luxury perfume I was trying to negotiate as a carry on. This was deeply personal. This was my son’s health and nourishment. This was the money I would now need to spend buying formula that wasn’t necessary. This wasn’t tomorrow’s milk; it was two weeks worth [sic] of nutrition for my child.”

“Beyond literally taking food from my child’s mouth, you humiliated me and made me feel completely defeated as a professional and a mother. I hope the next time you encounter another mom just trying to make it work and looking for a little help along the way, you consult your conscience (as well as a physical science textbook) and reconsider your options.”

While the situation was tough for Martinez to share, she received overwhelming support from her fellow mothers on social media. Heathrow also commented on the situation, saying, “Hi Jessica, please could you message us with contact details so that we can get in touch with you directly to discuss this? Thank you.”

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