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Old 10-26-2012, 09:06 AM   #1
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Getting Expressed Milk Home From Cross Country Trip

Hi Mommas! I am traveling from West coast to East coast for a week. I brought my pump with me because in addition to nursing baby I have been pumping to increase supply for return to work and didnt want my body to decrease supply if i dont pump for a week. I know I am entitled to travel with breast milk, my question is whether I can safely get the extra milk home. i would have about 10-15 bags of milk and we would be without refrigeration for about 13 hours door to door. I have the small square cooler that comes with my pump but that wont fit all the bags - I could buy another little cooler to carry on the plane. Any thoughts/tips? I hate to dump a week's worth of milk but dont want to go to all the trouble of trying to get it home if it wont be safe to feed when we get home anyway. Any help will be much appreciated!

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A little styrofoam cooler and some dry ice packs will be your best bet for keeping all frozen.
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I was thinking I would leave it in the fridge before we travel and then freeze when I get home. Is it better to freeze it before we travel?
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I've done this on several occassions. I typically freeze my supply for these extended travel. Invest in a good cooler and ice packs. I placed an ice pack on each side of the cooler (essentially encasing the frozen milk). My stash usually stayed frozen (somewhat melty) during a trip back from Asia.....>20 hours of travel!! Once I get home, I immediately place them in the freezer.
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Thanks ladies! I got a cooler at Target and an ice cube blanket type thingie. I will be happy to get my extra milk home!
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I would freeze it since some will be a week old by the time you get home. I worked in a lab and we shipped/received frozen stuff all the time. The styrofoam coolers with dry ice kept everything completely frozen for days in the mail. They sell dry ice and coolers here at the grocery store.
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Re: Getting Expressed Milk Home From Cross Country Trip

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I would freeze it since some will be a week old by the time you get home. I worked in a lab and we shipped/received frozen stuff all the time. The styrofoam coolers with dry ice kept everything completely frozen for days in the mail. They sell dry ice and coolers here at the grocery store.
Be careful bringing Styrofoam, we brought a Styrofoam cooler once and were escorted off the plane to dispose of it. Apparently its on half the airlines cannot fly with lists, and half not. So security may not say anything but the airline has the right to dispose of it or prevent you from flying with it.
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Thanks again ladies. (After we rode out the storm in DC and got a flight out) I froze the milk and used a small cooler bag, I took the milk out of the freezer at the last possible moment before leaving and stuck it back in the freezer at home the instant we got home. So I have 8 more bottles to add to my freezer stash - yay!
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