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Breastfeeding in The News

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Here’s the latest from around the web:
The blog Delicious Baby has a comprehensive guide to pumping and nursing in airports and on airplanes.
The FDA is proposing changes to prescription drug labels that will give more information to pregnant and breastfeeding women. Read here.
A new study found that breastmilk may give baby girls more protection than boys against respiratory infections. Read here.
Two new studies done in Africa have found that drug treatment can help prevent the transmission of HIV through breastmilk. Read here.

New Rules For Taking Pumped Breast Milk on an Airplane

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At long last, it seems the Transportation Security Administration has come to its senses. It has done away with the rule limiting the amount of pumped breast milk a mom can carry on board an airplane.
Up until now, the old rule limited a mom traveling without a baby to three ounces of milk in her carry on luggage. Anything more and it had to be checked. Oddly enough, if you had the baby with you, you could carry on more than three ounces. Obviously logic had nothing to do with this rule. If you had your baby with you, you wouldn’t be carrying so much milk, you’d be breastfeeding. And if you didn’t have your baby, you probably had more than three ounces of pumped milk with you.
Anyway…the new rule about breast milk goes into effect on August 4th. Here’s what today’s press release has to say:
TSA is also modifying the procedures associated with carrying breast milk through security checkpoints. Mothers flying with or without their child will be permitted to bring breast milk in quantities greater than three ounces as long as it is declared for inspection at the security checkpoint.
The procedural adjustments were developed based on process and effectiveness studies, feedback from the workforce and regular consultation with airports, airlines and other security partners. This marks the third modification to security procedures within the last year. On August 10, 2006, a complete ban on liquids, gels and aerosols was implemented immediately following the thwarted terror plot in the United Kingdom, and the update to those measures permitting travel-size amounts of liquids went into effect in September of 2006.
…Since August 2006, 59 countries around the world have adopted the 3-1-1 standard for liquids, gels and aerosols: three ounce containers, in one clear, zip-top plastic bag and one bag per traveler at the checkpoint.

This new rule regarding breast milk was issued along with a new rule about lighters. An odd pairing if you ask me, but whatever. Common lighters are no longer banned; but torch lighters are still a no-go.
And here are some final gems from the TSA’s Frequently Asked Questions for this rule:

Q. Why is breast milk not a threat?
A. Breast milk is a medical necessity and it is being classified as such. It must be declared at the checkpoint.
Q. How do you ensure liquid explosives disguised as breast milk or medications are not brought through the checkpoint?
A. Since September 2006, certain liquid medications have been permitted at the checkpoint as long as they are declared to security officers and are subject to additional screening.
Q. Do passengers carrying breast milk need to taste it to prove it is not a liquid explosive?
A. No. We will not ask a traveler to taste breast milk.

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Via, Jake from Birth Without Boundaries.