Traveling with breast milk requires some planning and preparation. Here are some guidelines to help you travel with breast milk:
- Check airline rules. Before your trip, review the specific regulations of the airline you’re traveling with. Each airline may have different policies regarding carrying breast milk, so it’s essential to be aware of any restrictions or requirements.
- Get portable cold storage. Use breast milk storage bags or sterile containers to store your breast milk, making sure that your containers are leak-proof and labeled. To keep the breast milk cold, bring a cooler or insulated bag with ice packs. This will help maintain the appropriate temperature during your travel day. Check with the airline if you can bring ice packs through security or if they can provide ice upon request.
- Check TSA guidelines. When you get to airport security, let them know that you’re traveling with breast milk. They might need to inspect it separately, so be prepared for additional screening procedures.
- Check international security guidelines (if needed). If you’re traveling internationally, be aware of the customs regulations regarding breast milk in your destination country. Some countries may have restrictions or additional requirements. If you’re traveling internationally, be sure to check the airport security rules ahead of time. Each country has its own rules about traveling with breast milk without your baby, and how they perceive frozen breast milk in carry-on luggage.
- Plan breast milk cold storage at your destination. If you’re staying at a hotel or rental property, make sure that you have access to a refrigerator or freezer for storing the breast milk. Hotel mini-fridges typically do not get cold enough to store breast milk at CDC-approved temperatures.
- Check shipping options. If you’re concerned about traveling with breast milk or want to bypass airport security, consider shipping your breast milk with Milk Stork.