You are now logged in. Forgot your password? As a working mother of two, Heather Gieseke has flown enough to know the Transportation Security Administration's TSA guidelines for traveling with breast milk. She always follows those rules and never had any major issues until Thursday, when TSA agents wouldn't let her take a day's worth of milk through security. Gieseke, whose youngest daughter is just 2 and a half months old, left her milk behind, but only because she felt she didn't have any other choice. Gieseke travels about three to four times a month for her job, so she thought she knew the drill.
The fancy medical term for this is fibrocystic breast changes, and it refers to breast tissue that's particularly lumpy, with little fluid-filled cysts. It used to be called fibrocystic breast disease, but it's actually something that affects more than half of women at some point, so doctors dropped the word "disease," Dr. Sandhya Pruthi , an internist specializing in breast cancer prevention research at the Mayo Clinic, tells BuzzFeed Life. You'll probably notice more lumps, breast pain, and tenderness as you approach your period, and it's most common between the ages of 20 and 50 it usually calms down after menopause. Basically, it's totally normal and nothing to worry about. But if the pain gets worse or you notice new lumps that feel hard, irregular, and immovable, check it out with your doctor.
Today, in WT-actual-F news, an airport security guard forced a breastfeeding mom to "prove" that she was lactating — by making her squeeze her own breasts. Gayathiri Bose, a year-old mother of two from Singapore, has filed a complaint with German police after an incident she said occurred while she was traveling through Frankfurt Airport en route to Paris. At the time, she wasn't with her 3-year-old toddler or 7-month-old baby, but she did have her breast pump inside her carry-on bag. Security stopped her prior to boarding her flight after they x-rayed the bag and noticed the breast pump. Security didn't recognize the breast pump device, according to what Bose told the BBC , and forced her to go into a private room with a female officer who took away her passport and quizzed her about the pump.
Some problems are related to lactation. Others are not. This normal process of dilation of the milk gland is called ectasia. Ectasia is a noncancer breast condition.