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    Default Traveling, frozen BM transport?

    I am flying to visit some family at the end of the month, and while I'm there, I'll have one day (about 12 hours) away from baby. I will be flying there on a Thursday afternoon, and the day I will be away from her is Saturday. I don't think I'll be able to pump enough while I'm there between Thursday and Saturday to have enough bottles for her for the day, and I want to avoid formula if possible. I have a decent freezer stash of BM right now, but I know once it thaws, it has to be consumed within 24 hours. So if I brought it on Thursday, it would have to be consumed by Friday- which wouldn't work. Is it possible to keep it frozen while traveling? Any tips? Here's some information:

    Baby will be 8 weeks when we travel
    The flight itself is an hour and 15 minutes; we live about 30 minutes from airport and we plan to arrive there about 2 hours earlier; the airport where we arrive is about 30 minutes from my family's house where I can put it back in a proper freezer.

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    Default Re: Traveling, frozen BM transport?

    Well, transporting breastmilk on a plane can be tricky and always carries risk of loss of the milk. Have you figured out how much milk you would need to bring with you? Many moms overestimate how much baby might need during separations so let us know if you would like some guidance there.

    from what I can gather, if the milk is only partially thawed, (still contains ice crystals) then it can be refrozen so the "24 hour rule" would not apply if you were able to refreeze it before it completely thawed. I think if you were able to keep your milk in a very well insulated pack with cold packs, it might stay enough frozen to be ok. But I have no idea what kind of cold packs are ok to bring on a plane.

    This sounds like a great deal of stress to be putting on a mom of a 2 month old. I understand wanting to see family, and travel might be fine as it is not forever on a plane. But can you possibly avoid that long separation from your baby?

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    Default Re: Traveling, frozen BM transport?

    Thanks for your input and clarifying the 24 hour rule- I also have heard that if there is still a slushy like quality to it with some icy parts, it can be refrozen. Thanks for bringing that up. I'll have to check with Southwest about freezer packs.
    Yes, the separation from baby is definitely an optional, non-commital type thing (it's just a day with friends whom I haven't seen for a couple years- but the timeline of separation is not flexible, I either go for the full time, or not at all, as I will be relying on a train for transportation). I will make the decision on whether or not I go on that day trip away from baby the day before to see how the milk transportation worked, and if baby is cooperative.

    On a separate but related note- Baby has been consistently fussy in the late afternoon until the evening. She's 6 weeks today, so not sure if she is nearing the end of her fussiness--- but if she continues to be this fussy, I definitely won't go on that long separation trip because the only thing that soothes her is nursing- she has been refusing bottles at this time of the day. It would be so stressful for my mom to deal with her that way. Any tips for that? I try to have husband give her 1 bottle a day to get her used to it, but she often fights through the feedings. We've tried the Dr. Brown narrow bottle, comotomo bottle and avent small bottle. I plan to return to work in October so she has to be able to take a bottle. Until then, I'd also like to enjoy a date night once in a while, so bottle refusing is very stressful!
    Thanks for your help.

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    Default Re: Traveling, frozen BM transport?

    As far as the trip with friends goes, your baby will never again be as portable as they are at two months. You may not have tried a sling or wrap yet for "wearing" baby but if not, it can be amazing how helpful this is. I used to wear my baby on front and bought a lightweight backpack (not a diaper bag, they are all so heavy! Just a cute cotton lightweight backpack) to hold diapers etc. and I could go anywhere so easily. It is so much easier to do this kind of thing with a nursing baby as there is no need to lug heavy cold packs/bottles. I am sure your friends would love to meet your baby!

    Fussyness in later after noon is so common and normal it is barely worth mentioning. It is likely your mom will know what to do, after all she had babies herself. I will link some docs with helpful hints for dealing with fussy baby.

    As far as bottle refusal, have you tried an open cup instead? Baby may be more receptive. As far as what bottles and what nipples the fact is no product has been shown to work better when a baby is refusing. What is most important for bottles is that whoever gives bottles learns how to do it- paced bottle feeding is a feeding method and positioning that is most recommended for breastfed babies and you can do it with any kind of bottle or nipple- although you may find it easiest to do if the bottle is small- 2- 3 ounces, and the bottle itself holds no more than 4 ounces (making it lighter.)

    Paced bottle feeding: info: https://www.llli.org/docs/0000000000...astfedbaby.pdf

    video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxpIzcitLc8&t=16s

    Cup feeding: newborn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCyWvcsdYOE

    Older baby: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R95FUa7_s84


    Your grandchild is breastfed? http://www.llli.org/docs/00000000000...sbreastfed.pdf

    Fussy baby tips http://www.llli.org/docs/00000000000...ybabyideas.pdf and http://www.llli.org/docs/00000000000...t_partners.pdf

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