Traveling while pumping can pose a quite a few problems for nursing moms. Sometimes, no matter how much time and effort moms spend on researching ways to make travel easiercertain obstacles still stand in the way. The mother of two was on her way home from a work trip and traveling with breast milk, when she was stopped by TSA at the security checkpoint at the Minneapolis International Airport.
Last week, a Colorado mom described how the milk she had pumped for her 3-month-old son was thrown out by TSA after it was tested for explosives and set off an alarm. Another watched in horror as her breast milk leaked all over the X-Ray machine. Here are some ways to lower your anxiety and chances of crying over spilled milk.
Frozen breast milk. Photo via Flickr user Bart Everson. Nicole, a Portland, Oregon—based account director for a health company, flies frequently enough for work that she has the security procedure down to a science.
Don't let a trip force you into altering your baby's eating schedule or weaning before you're ready. Keep up your milk supply by bringing your breast pump with you on your next flight. No regulations prevent you from packing this all-important piece of equipment, but as a nursing mother, there are a few things you should know before your next out-of-town adventure.
Now, she wants every mother to know the rules when traveling through airports across the country. Every time Heather Gieseke has flown, she said she always familiarized herself with TSA rules, so she usually packed bags with breast milk in a cooler in her carry-on bag. In every case, traveling with breast milk had gone smoothly until last week when her milk didn't pass the screening in Minnesota.
Breast milk, formula, and juice are all allowed in your carry-on bag. You also can ask the TSA agent to put on a fresh pair of gloves if they handle your bottles or bags of milk. Pro mama tip: the heavy duty ice packs last longer than the frozen gel packs.
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Air travel can be a headache for anyone, and for breastfeeding mothers, flying presents a whole other set of challenges. Breast milk, formula and juice are all allowed through security in your carry-on bag. Breast milk is exempt from the 3.
As if the frustrations of air travel weren't bad enough, airports have restrictions on how much liquid you can take with you through their security checkpoints and onto airplanes. Of course, this is for everyone's safety as liquid explosives pose a serious threat to aircraft carriers. Here's the good news, though.