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US woman compelled to dump 14.8 liters of breast milk at Heathrow

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LONDON —A US mother-of-two, who was compelled to dump 14.8 liters of breast milk at security at London’s Heathrow Airport, has spoken about her humiliation and the ‘incredibly unfair’ security rules.

In an open letter posted on Facebook, Jessica Coakley Martinez, who was travelling without her eight-month-old child, said she felt ‘embarrassed’.

“You made me dump out nearly two weeks’ worth of food for my son,” she said.

Heathrow says the UK government’s rules on carrying liquids on planes are set out for passengers on its website.

The rules, set out by the Department for Transport, say that liquids may only be carried in containers holding 100ml or less in a transparent and re-sealable single bag.

The website says exceptions are made in the case of baby food or baby milk but only if the passenger is traveling with a baby. It says excess liquids should be carried as hold luggage.

Martinez wrote that, although she should have looked up the rules, the regulation that breast milk was not allowed if the mother was travelling without her baby was “incredibly unfair and exclusionary in consideration of all of the other working mothers like me”.

“Being a working mother and ensuring both my job and my child get exactly what they need is the hardest thing I’ve ever done but you managed to make it nearly impossible in a single afternoon,” she was quoted as saying by the BBC.

She wrote: “If I acted irate, it’s because it was the only appropriate reaction I could muster.” I now don’t have the option to solely breastfeed my son because I don’t have enough milk to supply him while I’m at work, despite all of my best efforts.

 

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NC consults experts on govt’s policies and programs

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KATHMANDU — The main opposition party, Nepali Congress, has taken suggestions from experts regarding the government’s policies and programs.

A meeting of the Nepali Congress parliamentary party convened at the parliamentary party’s office in Singha Durbar today consulted with the economists and former bureaucrats on the policies and programs of the government.

The government presented its policies and programs for the fiscal year 2018/19 in the Federal Parliament on Monday.

Deliberations will be held on the policies and programs in the House of Representatives and the National Assembly from Wednesday.

NC leader Dilendra Prasad Badoo, talking to the National News Agency, RSS, said that the meeting reviewed the government’s policies and programs and also discussed on issues the party would speak on in parliament.

Before this, the Nepali Congress had decided to put its views in parliament by forming thematic committees.

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