Air travel, Storage questions - afraid I am going to have to throw away milk

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-23-2011
Air travel, Storage questions - afraid I am going to have to throw away milk
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Tue, 03-20-2012 - 5:48am

Hello,

My LO will be 4 months in less than 2 weeks and I have been pumping for almost the whole time since LO wasn't latching in the beginning. She now latches but I work outside the home so only breastfeed LO once in the evening after I get back and then may be half of her feedings on weekends depending on if we are out and about or not.

We will be going on vacation early May (LO would have just turned 5 months) for a week - 10 days. Currently I make between 40-45 oz per day and LO drinks about 24 oz + one feeding from me. I have about 15-20 oz extra but I also rotate my freezer stash everyday by giving 5 oz of previously frozen milk per day so I end up freezing 20-25 oz per day. Now my questions are:

1. When I on vacation, I will plan on feeding LO all fresh milk so I will have about 15-20 oz extra perday. At the end of 10 days I will have 150-200 oz of extra milk. How can I bring all that milk back safely so I do not have throw the milk. I will be changing two planes and the actual travel time is probably going to be at least 8-9 hours door to door.

2. I assume I canot take gel icepacks (like the ones that come with Medela bags). So what do I need to buy to transport milk.

3. Has anyone done this before and what is the best and easiest way to accomplish this.

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-14-2011

When I traveled for a conference, I brought back 60-100 ounces back with me.

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-23-2011
Thanks for your reply. So you checked the milk instead of bringing it with you? Also when you say ice, did you just pack the milk in fresh ice cubes and not the gel packs? Just confirming. Did the ice not melt and the water leak out? I will most probably only bring fresh milk. The plan is to keep feeding LO oldest milk first so on travel day I will hopefully only be bringing milk that is 2-3 days old.
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-14-2011

I just checked the milk. :) I was very worried about having problems but the only thing the airport did with my bag was weigh it and tag it.

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-23-2011
Thanks. I am surprised that only half the ice had melted. I would have thought all of it would have melted..I lknow that airlines are not necessarily easy on the luggage and we have a flight to change as well.

I am hoping others who may have carried the milk with them will respond...
iVillage Member
Registered: 10-24-2008

I've traveled a lot over my years of pumping (I'm currently EPing for baby #3, who is 7 months now, and previously pumped a year each for his older brother and sister).

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-24-2008

Forgot to add - have never had any problem with spoiled milk in transit.

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Registered: 10-24-2008
iVillage Member
Registered: 10-09-2011
When I travel I just ask the hotel to store the gel ice packs in the freezer and I have even had them freeze my milk. Then I just pack it all frozen in my suit case, no problem even after a 12 hour flight. I have also not had an issues with taking gel ice pack through airport security because it is considered medical. Hope this helps.
iVillage Member
Registered: 12-23-2011

adk_trekker - Thank you for the detailed reply. In your last paragraph, you said I could carry frozen milk. Pardon my ignorance but if I were to put a frozen bag of milk in a cooler and try to transport it, won't it all thaw out by the time I get home? (about 10 hrs). If so, then won't I have use it within 24 hours?

Myraruthie - When you transport frozen milk, did it not thaw out?

As you ladies can tell, I am a bit confused on how I can transport frozen milk without it thawing out.