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How do you travel w/ donor's milk?

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How do you travel w/ donor's milk?

Post by RealMylk on Mon Oct 18, 2010 12:53 pm

We will be flying across the country and want to know what tips you can provide for traveling.

What do we do for flying? Can I take frozen milk or dry ice on the plane? Should we overnight-ship our milk to the hotel... if possible?

On one of our trips, we are flying to a cabin-in-the-woods...and I don't think FedEx/UPS will ship I don't know what to do. Shall we just not go?

Please advise. If we can't get milk at our destination, we would rather not go.

I am hoping to find local donors for each trip, but mostly the first one since it is a family event. However, there isn't much for local donations... and I've had experience with some donations at my current location 'fall through', so I'm hesitant to rely on that.



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Re: How do you travel w/ donor's milk?

Post by watawata on Sat Oct 23, 2010 5:43 pm

I have flown with frozen milk before. It was my business trip back home. I bought a plastic cooler at Walmart for $35 or so, and it was the 50 qt size, and it fit 700+ oz inside. You may not need that big of a cooler. The cooler had wheels and extending handle, so I rolled it like a suites case. I also bought hard ice jel packs ($2 each or so), and suite case belt to secure the cooler.

For extra space inside cooler, you can put extra hard ice jel pack and/or crunched news paper. But, don't use regular ice on frozen breast milk.

At the check out, they asked what's inside, and I said frozen breast milk, and it was just fine. They may have asked if dry ice isinside, too. I can't remember for sure, but dry ice may be prohibited by the TSA.

From the time milk was out the freezer to back in the freezer at home was about 17 hours, and only the bags on top layer were starting to melt at the edges.

As far as liquid milk on the plane goes (I had to pump), I had a soft cooler (like a lunch box size) with hard ice jel packs, and security people had to open and test the rim of the cooler, but not bottles or anything like that. Of course, I told them it's breast milk inside.


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Post by Unterfunco on Sun Oct 24, 2010 9:44 am

I revently had to look into my father transporting milk from SC to WI for me via a flight. It is currently transportation law that you not travel with more than a 100oz of any liquid, however there are exceptions and infant formula / breastmilk is one of them. Since you will have the child with you that should help it. I talked to Delta and they instructed me to contact TSA this is the response TSA sent me below. There are specifics on how to transport it and also they suggest you contact the airports you will be working with.

Hope this helps! Smile

Thank you for your e-mail regarding the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) policies on traveling with breast milk and child related liquids and/or gels.

Passengers flying with or without an infant or toddler may bring more than 3.4 ounces of breast milk (in a liquid or frozen state) through the security checkpoint, but it will be subjected to additional screening. The breast milk must be separated from other liquids, gels, and aerosols; and declared to the Transportation Security Officer (TSO) prior to entering the screening checkpoint.

Although TSA does not specifically limit the amount of breast milk or other items a passenger may bring in their carry-on bags, we encourage travelers to be practical about these amounts. The amount should be reasonable and consistent with the traveler's itinerary. All passengers are encouraged to ask to speak with a supervisor at the security checkpoint if they have any questions or concerns with these procedures.

Individuals are also allowed to bring more than 3.4 ounces of pre-mixed baby formula (in a liquid or frozen state), milk products, juice, gel or liquid-filled teethers, canned, jarred, or processed baby food into the screening checkpoint. These items must be declared to a TSO prior to the passenger entering the screening checkpoint and the items must be separated from other liquids, gels, and aerosols. These items also will be subjected to additional screening.

Please note, modifications also allow bottled water, presented as an infant or toddler medical exemption, into the secured area after it receives additional screening. Passengers traveling with bottled water necessary for medical reasons and/or intended for their infant's or toddler's use through the security checkpoint must:

. declare it to the TSO prior to entering the screening checkpoint and prior to x-ray examination;
. inform the TSO that the bottled water is necessary for medical reasons and/or intended for an infant or toddler; and
. open the bottle for additional screening, if required by a TSO.

Liquids are permitted if required to cool medical and infant/child exemptions. Frozen items are also permitted so long as they are solid and in a "frozen state" when presented for screening if not required for infant/child necessities. If these frozen items are partially melted or have any liquid at the bottom of the container, the ice/liquid container must meet 3-1-1 requirements.

We recognize that the information on our website is not all inclusive and that many passengers have additional concerns regarding traveling with items intended for use by infants and toddlers. Many of these concerns include how the current screening procedures accommodate the handling of essential food items passengers must carry onboard the plane for their infant or toddler, such as breast milk, milk products, formula (to include related mixing products), baby food, and juice.

Breast milk and other liquids and gels intended for infants or toddlers are in the same category as medical liquid exemptions and are normally x-rayed and will always be subjected to additional screening if in containers larger than 3.4 oz. However, as a customer service, TSA allows a passenger the option of a visual inspection of these items. A passenger must request a visual inspection before screening begins; otherwise, all of the items must undergo x-ray inspection. If an item is not x-rayed, in addition to a visual inspection of the items, TSOs will test the items, including breast milk, for explosives. Passengers may be required to open the containers but will never be asked to test or taste any of these items. If containers cannot be opened, the containers may be allowed into the sterile area after the passenger is subjected to additional screening.

TSA continues to explore opportunities to further modify screening procedures to minimize the concerns of passengers without compromising aviation security. The most current processes in place for bringing breast milk and other food-related items intended for infants and young children safely through the security screening checkpoint can be found at

Passengers are also invited to contact their airline in advance to request any special accommodations for their flight. In addition, please visit our website regularly for updates to special screening procedures.

We hope this information is helpful.

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Re: How do you travel w/ donor's milk?

Post by RealMylk on Wed Oct 27, 2010 3:13 am

Thank you for all this information... it has been very helpful.


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