How To Travel With Breast Milk?

Carry On Bags: Yes (Special Instructions) Formula, breast milk and juice in quantities greater than 3. 4 ounces or 100 milliliters are allowed in carry-on baggage and do not need to fit within a quart-sized bag. Breast milk and formula are considered medically necessary liquids.

This also applies to breast milk pumping equipment (regardless of presence of breast milk). You do not need to travel with your child to bring breast milk. Inform the TSA officer at the beginning of the screening process that you are carrying formula, breast milk and/or juice in excess of 3.

4 ounces. Remove these items from your carry-on bag to be screened separately from the rest of your belongings. TSA officers may need to test the liquids for explosives or concealed prohibited items. Officers may ask you to open the container and/or have you transfer a small quantity of the liquid to a separate empty container or dispose of a small quantity, if feasible.

Screening these liquids may include bottle liquid scanners, Explosive Trace Detection, X-Ray and Liquid Container Screening. If you do not want the formula, breast milk and/or juice to be X-rayed or opened, please also inform the TSA officer.

Additional steps will be taken to clear the liquid and you or the traveling guardian will undergo additional screening procedures, to include a pat-down and screening of other carry-on property. Ice packs, freezer packs, frozen gel packs and other accessories required to cool formula, breast milk and juice — regardless of the presence of breast milk — are also allowed in carry-ons.

  • If these accessories are partially frozen or slushy, they are subject to the same screening as described above
  • You may also bring gel or liquid-filled teethers, canned, jarred and processed baby food in carry-on baggage

These items may be subject to additional screening. Please see traveling with children for more information. Travelers requiring special accommodations or concerned about the security screening process at the airport may request assistance by contacting TSA Cares online or by phone at (855) 787-2227..

How can I keep my breast milk while traveling?

Breast milk storage when you’re traveling

  1. As long as it’s not in direct sunlight or in a room warmer than 77º Fahrenheit, breast milk can be stored at room temperature for up to four hours before it needs to be refrigerated.
  2. An insulated cooler with totally frozen ice packs will keep milk cool for up to 24 hours.


How long can you travel with breast milk?

Frozen breast milk must be packed in your checked luggage, no exception. The good news is that breast milk can last at room temperature for 6-8 hours in a cool environment.

How do you pack breast milk for a road trip?

If you are traveling by car, consider using the following process to pack your milk:

  1. Use a well-insulated cooler that will hold your milk.
  2. Line the bottom of your cooler with newspaper.
  3. Place your milk bags in the cooler.
  4. Fill any extra space with more crumpled newspaper.


How do you transport breast milk in a car?

If you’re looking for the best ways to travel with breastmilk, you’re in the right place. This guide will walk you through the different options for traveling with breast milk including how to fly with breast milk, traveling with breast milk in the car, and even how to ship breastmilk.

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I have had to travel while transporting breast milk either in a checked bag or carry-on so many times. Both of our kids were/are breastfed. There were times that we knew we would need a stash of milk upon arrival (for a babysitter), but there wouldn’t be time to store up enough before we needed it.

I have put together several resources and travel tips for breastfeeding mothers who need or want to travel without worrying about their baby receiving breastmilk or having a drop in their milk supply. Traveling with breast milk does not have to be complicated! This article will highlight how to travel with frozen breast milk by car, how to bring frozen breast milk on a plane, packing breast milk in checked luggage, & how to ship breastmilk.

  1. FedEx: They have an actual Mommy program. They offer refrigerated containers that can be pre-ordered and delivered to you to fill up with your milk bags, then drop them off at a FedEx location for overnight delivery. Get all the details HERE.
  2. Milk Stork: This company is dedicated to shipping breast milk. They send you containers to fill up and ship. They do all the hard work, you just pre-arrange delivery of empty boxes and drop them off full to be overnight shipped. Get all the details HERE.
  3. For Military Moms or Long-Term separations check out this AMAZING post by the Military Working Mom. It explains how to properly package your milk and discusses international regulations. See it HERE.

BACK TO TOP When you are trying to figure out how to fly with breastmilk, you may get overwhelmed with information and regulations. However, I am going to try to break down the basics of flying with breastmilk to make it easy and straightforward. I want to note that the bulk of the information below pertains to how to travel with breastmilk by plane within the United States. Can I bring breastmilk on a plane? Yes.

  • Breastfeeding moms have been shipping breast milk for a long time
  • It isn’t new, but there also isn’t a ton of information out there
  • Here are some convenient ways to ship breastmilk if you are going to be separated from your baby due to travel or if you want a stockpile waiting for you upon arrival

The TSA breastmilk policy (within the United States) allows «a reasonable amount» of breast milk to be carried through whether a mother is with her child or not. I personally took about 60 ounces of frozen expressed milk in my carry-on WITHOUT my baby from Nashville to Florida and the security agent never questioned it.

  • It is important to remember that individual TSA officers may not all be well-read on the rules surrounding breastmilk, so you need to be the expert.
  • TSA’s breast pump policy consideres a breast pumps and pump parts a medical device, therefore you are allowed to carry it onto the plane.
  • When you fly with breast milk, the TSA officer may ask to screen your milk. If you decline for them to open it, it may be cause for additional screening procedures. It is your choice. I once declined for the agent to open all of my baby food pouches for the screening procedure and instead opted for the full pat-down. TSA’s exact verbiage is this «Inform the TSA officer if you do not want the formula, breast milk and/or juice to be X-rayed or opened. «
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BACK TO TOP I have packed frozen milk into a small cooler with ice packs then packed the milk storage cooler in my luggage and checked it. The flights were domestic and the milk was still fully frozen upon arrival. I was able to then put them in the freezer and have them for babysitters. This is much less risky than carrying large amounts of milk as a carry-on. If you package your milk appropriately, it will last the duration of your travel and be ready for the baby upon arrival.

  • If you will be traveling for longer than 24-36 hours, you’ll definitely need a way to keep your breast milk cool the entire time. I recommend using dry ice or gel packs in a milk storage cooler to keep everything at a cold temperature.
    • Please note: «When [dry ice is] in checked baggage, the package must be marked «Dry ice» or «Carbon dioxide, solid» and marked with the net quantity of dry ice, or an indication that it is 2. 5 kg (5. 5 lbs) or less. Tip: Additional non-hazardous ice packs (blue ice, gel packs, etc. ) can be used to supplement the dry ice. » — The FAA
  • For shorter travel days (8-10 hours), I have had no problem packing my milk with regular ice packs in a small cooler bag.
  • How much breastmilk can you fly with? There is no limit to the amount of frozen breast milk you can check in your bag.
  • I recommend double bagging your milk. I put mine in the typical milk storage bags and then stack them and put them into a gallon-sized zip. This is to prevent any leaks from the milk storage bags from leaking out all over the cooler and my bag.

BACK TO TOP Other countries are not as lenient with bringing breast milk on a plane. We saw in 2016 when a woman was made to dump 500 ounces of breastmilk at the Heathrow airport because her baby was not with her. She had over 100ml (3 ounces) of milk in her carry-on. The regulations in the European Union are strict about not having more than 3 ounces of breastmilk in a CLEAR breast milk storage container if you do not have your baby with you.

  • You can see the exact rules outlined HERE
  • Additional steps will be taken to clear the liquid and you or the traveling guardian will undergo additional screening procedures, to include a pat-down and screening of other carry-on property

Knowing the international rules is imperative. Had she known, this breastfeeding mom could have frozen, prepacked in ice, and checked all of her hard-earned milk. If you are an American citizen and you are traveling from the USA to overseas, you will follow the American TSA regulations on Breast milk. I recommend one of two ways to transport frozen breast milk in a car:

  1. Buy a small travel fridge that you can plug into your car. Store milk in this controlled environment.
  2. Bring a large cooler and pack it down with ice or dry ice. You can continually refresh the ice as needed, which will keep the milk frozen solid.
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If you’re spending the night in a hotel on your road trip, bring the milk inside with you and if you can, put it in the freezer of the hotel. If your room does not have a fridge, you can ask the hotel staff to store your breast milk cooler in their freezer for you. BACK TO TOP With all things travel, don’t be afraid of traveling while breastfeeding!! We have traveled to 10 different countries while nursing.

If you are starting your travel in another country, please take the time to look up that countries rules on flying with breast milk. BACK TO TOP In my opinion: this is the easiest way to travel with large amounts of breast milk.

I found breastfeeding to be convenient on travels since we didn’t have to carry formula or bottles. There is no exact science to flying with breast milk or traveling with breast milk in the car; it will depend on what you’re comfortable with. If you travel for work a lot and will be away from your breastfed baby, shipping breast milk may be the best option for you! Whatever you decide, I am here for you!**I would like to add that THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH FORMULA!!!  A fed baby is the best baby! We fully support either way!**Have something to add?  Leave us a comment! AMAZON AFFILIATE DISCLOSURE:There are links on this site that can be defined as «affiliate links».

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Can you store breast milk in a cooler?

Breast milk can be stored in an insulated cooler with frozen ice packs for up to 24 hours when you are traveling. At your destination, use the milk right away, store it in the refrigerator, or freeze it.

How long will breastmilk stay frozen in cooler?

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Expressed breast milk may be stored and transported in an insulated cooler bag with frozen ice packs for up to 24 hours, or else frozen in dry ice (follow safety precautions when handling dry ice ).
How To Travel With Breast Milk

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