Traveling with Breastmilk??

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devermee's picture
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Traveling with Breastmilk??

So, Friday, we leave for vacation to visit DH's family. The kids are coming with us and we're flying. On Sunday DH, DD & I are going to drive 3 hrs away and leave DS with my MIL & SIL so we can do some big girl stuff with DD. We'll be gone for about 48 hrs. I will need about 60 oz.
I know I can pump some once I get there, but don't think I'll be able to come up with 60 oz in 48 hrs Wink I have a stash with plenty of BM in the freezer, but how do I get it there??
DH is talking about shipping it on dry ice. I know nothing about dry ice -- will that keep it from thawing?
Or is it better to try to take as much fresh with me since it can stay refrig up to 7 days??
Any other ideas?

Thanks!

laurensmitty1982's picture
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I would tell you that if you could pump it and then refridgerate it at your house, then on the day you leave it is okay to leave in room temp for 8 hours(while you drive). But if you are just moving a frozen stash I would just get a cooler with lots of ice.. Hopefully it will stay frozen..

60 oz is alot to pump right before hand since you would be having to nurse as well..

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If you ship it, a big styrofoam box filled with dry ice should do the trick. I get biological shipments on dry ice all the time and they stay frozen. Just make sure you do same day shipping and that the milk takes up no more than say a fifth of the box. Putting the styrofoam box into a cardboard box will help even more to keep it well insulated. It'll probably be a hefty shipping charge. Don't try to take it on the plane. You'll run into the one douche-bag TSA dude that'll confiscate it from you.

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My cousin used to ship BM me packed like Erin said. Overnight on dry ice those things were sold as a rock. From FL to CA for about 50lbs was a little over $100, so not cheap but 60oz is only a fraction of that. We just took some BM on dry ice on our road trip and it did good for 9 hours without thawing at all. On the way home I brought back some of the BM on just reg. ice for 8 hours and it was 1/2 thawed when we arrived.

Sending it is probably the way to go. I'd still call the airline and explain the situation and see what they say. Maybe they'd let you check it in in a sealed cooler? Once they check it out maybe you could tape the cooler shut and all. There is probably no way they would let you carry on that much ice/liquid.

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I would not try to fly with it. I'd definitely ship it like Erin suggested. There was a news article about a lady that tried to fly with her pumped milk, she was a professional and pumped while away during the week and brought it home to the LO. Anyway, they held her for a really long time because she refused to let them x-ray the BM. I'd be too scared of that to try it. I think there was a youtube video of her being detained and berated too.

ETA: and what the TSA officers did to her was completely against regulation, but it seems that the TSA can make up their own rules these days.

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"momW" wrote:

I would not try to fly with it. I'd definitely ship it like Erin suggested. There was a news article about a lady that tried to fly with her pumped milk, she was a professional and pumped while away during the week and brought it home to the LO. Anyway, they held her for a really long time because she refused to let them x-ray the BM. I'd be too scared of that to try it. I think there was a youtube video of her being detained and berated too.

ETA: and what the TSA officers did to her was completely against regulation, but it seems that the TSA can make up their own rules these days.

Yeah, that was in Arizona. Go Arizona, go!! There's a law on the books that says we'll be merged with Mexico if we're not in the news every month for doing something retarded.

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Will he not take formula at all? I mean, you could pump as much as possible those first couple days and fill in with a good formula? JMO...I'm a hassle-free type of gal, which is probably why I never travel! Ever! Haha!

devermee's picture
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I'm glad to hear the dry ice thing works! I think that's the route we'll go!

I thought about maybe mixing in a little formula, but he's never had it, so I don't know if I want to give it a try while on vacation for the fear that he might not tolerate it?

Thanks for the input! I'll let you all know how things turn out Smile