WV Celebrity Mom Tells TSA Breastfeeding Horror Story

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — Emily Calandrelli, a Morgantown native and TV host known for her Netflix series Emily’s Wonder Lab, Xploration Outer Space and Reach for the Stars, last week amid formula shortages in the U.S. United, has documented a mother’s horror story of how she was forced by the TSA to lose breast milk.

On May 10, Calandrelli posted his second round of tweets about his “emotional” experience at LAX. She was on her first trip away from her 10-week-old son and planned to pump at the airport after going through security. For later use, Calandrelli had a few ice packs to keep his milk cold. “I had no milk currently, but was planning on doing one last pumping session before my flight of about 5 hours.”

But when she got to the TSA, they told her she couldn’t have the ice packs because they weren’t frozen. One person told her, “if you had milk on you, that wouldn’t be a problem,” she documented. He also told her that if she had his baby, it wouldn’t be a problem.

Calandrelli said she repeatedly asked to speak to an officer and was turned down.

She also exposed the TSA, saying she should have been allowed to bring the packs regardless. “But guess what? They were wrong. TSA rules specifically state that you are allowed to have gel ice packs (completely frozen!!) for medically necessary purposes. And emptying my breasts regularly and providing food for my child IS medically necessary.

Since then, Calandrelli has spoken on CNN and been reported on news sites across the country, including Good Morning America and the Washington Post. A reel posted to her Instagram over the weekend shows a video of her getting ready for a trip and looking happy with the caption, “Excited for my first work trip after my baby…” then cuts to a video of her calling for President Biden’s change on CNN captioned: “Addressing the President on CNN 5 Days Later.”

“Anyway, to support moms, we need @potus to ask @dhsgov to clarify that with formula and breast milk, breast pump equipment is “medically necessary” NO MATTER the presence of breast milk or a child.

“With the current shortage of formulas, it’s crucial that this happens as soon as possible,” the full Instagram post read. She said she hopes to work with lawmakers to make changes to TSA rules, including making all breastfeeding gear “medically necessary.”

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