Re: Pumping/storing question
I traveled with 3.5 days worth of milk as a carry on just this October.
As for storing in the hotel, I made sure to have a room with a refrigerator so I could keep the milk in there and not worry about ice and coolers and things during my stay. Milk is acceptable refrigerated for up to a week, so I chose to not freeze any.
I packed all the milk in plastic milk bags placed under a pile of ice in a soft sided cooler. When it came to security, the first TSA employee I asked told me I had to remove all the milk bags from my cooler before I got to the check point, the second employee I asked told me the same thing. I didn't want to remove the bags from my cooler because it would be hard to repack so I kept asking TSA employees what to do until I got an answer I liked. As we got closer to security checkpoint I asked yet another TSA employee and they told me to leave the bags in the cooler and send the entire thing through the x-ray machine. Finally. I told the employee operating the machine that there was breast milk in my cooler and he called someone to retrieve the cooler as it exited the machine. They opened the cooler, moved some ice around to see all the way to the bottom, then let us on our way. We got ice from a restaurant ice machine to top off the cooler for the rest of the trip.
When I got back home with a pile of milk I decided to send that milk to daycare every day until it was used up while immediately freezing what I was pumping daily. My husband occasionally gave a bottle while at home so that we could get through it a bit faster, too.
Last edited by @llli*sassypants; December 7th, 2011 at 08:54 AM.
My little man was born 12/17/2010.
Baby girl was born 4/30/2014.