Re: Current/Former Pumpers and Air Travel
posted at 1/29/2014 4:18 PM EST
I traveled for 3 nights and pumped for my 6 month old. The Isis webinar was invaluable in planning this:
See the one from 9/13. It was super helpful.
This post has some quick tips, but the whole webinar is worth watching:
The quick answers are:
Yes, you can bring it through security, just declare it. However, I checked my cooler bag in my suitcase and was really glad that I did because my plane was 8 hours delayed, and I was hanging out at the airport forever. Checked luggage was stored in a non-heated outdoor space, so my milk stayed frozen.
I requested an empty mini-fridge "for storing medication" from the hotel before I arrived. I cranked the temperature down to the lowest setting, and stored my milk in freezer bags lying flat in the freezer compartment or right under that (coldest part of the mini fridge). It was mostly frozen that way.
For travel, I stored the milk in a soft-sided cooler that I bought for this purpose. I filled the cooler with a couple big bags of ice from the hotel ice machine and packed the milk into it, crumpling up newspapers for extra insulation and padding to fill up the cooler completely. Then I put the cooler in my suitcase and checked it.
Pack dish detergent for washing pump parts.
DD had never gotten a bottle at night before either. She wasn't thrilled but she did take it. My DH says it was a really good experience and he is actually happy that he had that opportunity. So don't stress too much. You will hopefully get some needed rest, and it might be a nice chance for daddy-baby bonding. :)