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    Default tips on transporting frozen BM

    Hi ladies! My name is Lauren and I am new to the forum. I had my first baby almost 2 months ago, a little boy named Dominic.

    My husband and I are going on a 3-night stay to the Bahamas in mid-February. I have started to pump once a day and freeze the breastmilk so my baby can have the BM while we are away (he will be staying with my parents).

    My question is this: we will be driving to my parents to drop Dominic off, who live 3 hours away. How can I transport the frozen BM? It needs to stay frozen, right?

    Also, what rules should I tell my parents about frozen BM...how to thaw, what to do with extra once it's been thawed, if they are able to leave in refridgerator the whole time...etc.

    I am very new to frozen BM so I don't know the rules!
    Thanks!!

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    Hi Lauren! Welcome to the forum and Congrats on your lo.

    I use ice packs in a bag and have kept it frozen. I have even done this while traveling in an airplane and it was still frozen when we got there. I would suggest keeping it frozen as it can't be refroze.

    There are 2 ways that I thrawed the bm, 1) under running water and that is quick and 2) I would pull it out and it would defrost within say 20 min @ room temp.

    The following links might be of help to you.

    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/milkstorage.html

    http://www.llli.org/FAQ/milkstorage.html


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    Quote Originally Posted by veggiegirl228 View Post
    Hi Lauren! Welcome to the forum and Congrats on your lo.

    I use ice packs in a bag and have kept it frozen. I have even done this while traveling in an airplane and it was still frozen when we got there. I would suggest keeping it frozen as it can't be refroze.

    There are 2 ways that I thrawed the bm, 1) under running water and that is quick and 2) I would pull it out and it would defrost within say 20 min @ room temp.

    The following links might be of help to you.

    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/milkstorage.html

    http://www.llli.org/FAQ/milkstorage.html


    HTH {http://forums.llli.org/showthread.ph...=board%20lingo} board lingo
    Thanks! Those links were also very helpful. I appreciate the response.

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    Default Re: tips on transporting frozen BM

    here's an additional resource on handling breastmilk:

    http://www.askdrsears.com/html/2/T026900.asp
    Lynn
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    Quote Originally Posted by lsksam View Post
    here's an additional resource on handling breastmilk:

    http://www.askdrsears.com/html/2/T026900.asp
    great link. thanks.

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    Default Re: tips on transporting frozen BM

    Is your EBM in bottles or bags? That can make a difference in the storage method for travel.

    You might try having some containers of milk stored that are just an ounce or two. Then, have the rest of the containers be what you would suspect your baby eats in one feeding (average of 3-4 oz). That way, your parents could thaw right before the feeds (under warm, running water or in a pan of warm water). If baby needs a "top off", your parents could easily thaw one of the smaller portions.

    I would not suggest thawing in the fridge. Breastmilk is SO quick to to thaw and warm, that it's not neccessary. Leaving the milk in the freezer until needed also means less chance of waste.

    Here is some info on bottle feeding the breastfed baby:
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/bottle-feeding.html

    You might consider making up a quick reference card that your parents could keep on the fridge. It could include guidelines for storage, thawing, feeding, and re-feeding breastmilk.

    Will you be pumping and storing milk while you are away?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LLL_Jolie View Post
    Is your EBM in bottles or bags? That can make a difference in the storage method for travel.

    You might try having some containers of milk stored that are just an ounce or two. Then, have the rest of the containers be what you would suspect your baby eats in one feeding (average of 3-4 oz). That way, your parents could thaw right before the feeds (under warm, running water or in a pan of warm water). If baby needs a "top off", your parents could easily thaw one of the smaller portions.

    I would not suggest thawing in the fridge. Breastmilk is SO quick to to thaw and warm, that it's not neccessary. Leaving the milk in the freezer until needed also means less chance of waste.

    Here is some info on bottle feeding the breastfed baby:
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/bottle-feeding.html

    You might consider making up a quick reference card that your parents could keep on the fridge. It could include guidelines for storage, thawing, feeding, and re-feeding breastmilk.
    Will you be pumping and storing milk while you are away?
    The frozen breastmilk is in bags.

    I was hoping, LLL Jolie, that you could outline the guidelines you mentioned above (storage, thawing, feeding, re-feeding). That way I know the info I give my parents is correct. Thanks!
    Last edited by lauren17; January 15th, 2007 at 01:08 PM.

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    Default Re: tips on transporting frozen BM

    Quote Originally Posted by lauren17 View Post
    The frozen breastmilk is in bags.
    For your travel:

    1. Cooler with tight fitting lid
    2. Blue ice packs (bags or plastic bottles)
    3. crumpled newspaper to take up any air space in the cooler

    Quote Originally Posted by lauren17 View Post
    I was hoping, LLL Jolie, that you could outline the guidelines you mentioned above (storage, thawing, feeding, re-feeding). That way I know the info I give my parents is correct. Thanks!
    Storage:
    1. Store in the freezer's coldest area. Avoid storing in the door or along the floor/sides where milk could be partially defrosted.

    Thaw:
    Method 1: Under warm, running water (quickest method)
    Method 2: Place bag in a cup of warm water (can change warm water as needed)

    Before feeding:
    1. Pour bag into bottle
    2. Gently swirl the milk to re-incorporate the hindmilk (cream) into the milk
    3. Test temperature on wrist

    Feeding:
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/bottle-feeding.html

    Re-feeding ebm:
    If all the milk is taken at a feeding, or if a feeding is refused, it is generally considered save to re-heat and offer the milk once more (within 4 hours).


    HTH!

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    Default Re: tips on transporting frozen BM

    I guess this is only useful if they decide to thaw in the fridge, but thought it might be good info, just in case. I'm assuming that this is in one of the links listed above but make sure they know that once thawed (in fridge), the BM must be used within 24hrs.

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