Traveling with breast milk can be a bit daunting, especially if you are taking a flight for the first time with your baby or have never before transported breast milk on a plane.
How much breast milk can you bring on a plane? Is it even allowed to bring it on a plane?
Rest assured, though, that it is completely legal and safe to take breast milk with you on a plane. We, at kingdomofbaby, will help you navigate through the dos and don’ts when it comes to carrying breast milk in your luggage.
In this blog post, we’ll cover everything you need to know about how much breast milk you can bring on a plane, how to pack it, and must-read airline policies.
Know the 3-1-1 Rule
The TSA allows passengers to bring liquid items on a plane, including breast milk and baby formula. However, you must follow the 3-1-1 rule.
It means that you can only bring a quart-sized bag that includes containers of up to 3.4 ounces (100 ml) each.
So, if you want to bring more than 3.4 ounces of milk, you’ll have to pack it in separate small containers, each one no larger than 3.4 ounces.
Store Breast Milk in Storage Bags or Bottles
You can store breast milk in any container as long as it’s leak-proof, well-sealed, and clearly labeled.
Breast milk storage bags or bottles are your best options since they are specifically designed to store breast milk and take up less space than other containers.
Make sure each container is labeled with your name, contact information, and your baby’s name. You can also pack an ice pack to keep your milk chilled.
Check the Airline Policies in Advance
It’s wise to check each airline’s policies before you book, as rules may differ from one airline to another.
Some airlines might require you to notify them in advance or provide a doctor’s note to verify that the milk is for your baby’s use only.
Most airlines encourage passengers to board early to accommodate additional time for screening, inspection, and packing.
Be Prepared for Extra Screening
Plan on additional screening if you are traveling with breast milk. Be prepared to take the milk out of your bag to be inspected.
The TSA agent may also perform extra swabs or screens to verify that the milk is safe. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to ask for assistance.
Be Careful with Dry Ice
If you need to transport frozen breast milk, you can use dry ice to keep it frozen during your flight.
However, the TSA has specific guidelines on how much dry ice you can use. You can only bring a maximum of five pounds of dry ice in your carry-on or checked luggage.
Make sure your dry ice is appropriately labeled, and carry a copy of the TSA regulations in case an agent questions your use of dry ice.
Traveling with breast milk need not be stressful. All you need to do is prepare in advance, follow TSA guidelines and airline policies, and pack carefully.
Remember, the TSA and airline agents are there to help you, so don’t be shy to ask questions or seek help.
With a little preparation and organization, you can enjoy a stress-free flight with your breast milk supply intact. Hope this blog is helpful for you. Safe travels!