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A Nursing Mom's Guide to Air Travel Without Baby

By melissaejordan |

Leaving on a jet plane? Bring your breastmilk home for baby!

Now that I’ve completed my third work trip that required me to travel without my nursing baby, I’ve put together a list of helpful tips I’ve learned along the way. Pouring my breastmilk down the sink is simply not an option when I’m on the road – I need every ounce for my little guy! Click through for 9 simple things you can do to ensure you keep your supply while away and have plenty of milk to bring home to your little one.

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Tips for Nursing Moms: Air Travel Without Baby

Know Your Rights!

TSA qualifies breast milk as a medical liquid and therefore you are allowed to bring with you as much as you need, including gel ice packs to keep it cold. I even took it through customs between the US & Canada with no issues either way. Be sure to let them know that you are a nursing mother with breastmilk when you get to the screening machines. You do not have to have your child with you in order to bring home your breastmilk. A few mom travelers recommended printing off and carrying a copy of the TSA rules ( regarding the transport of breast milk just in case you hit a snag. I had one screener tell me I was limited to 50 oz. of breast milk but when I asked them where that was stated as I had read the TSA website, they backed off immediately.

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Melissa Jordan wrote for Babble’s Baby’s First Year, where she chronicled the challenges and joys of parenting a toddler and a brand-new baby. More of her work can be found on her blog, Dear Baby, which is Jordan's personal narrative of her experiences with pregnancy and becoming a new mother.

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2 thoughts on “A Nursing Mom's Guide to Air Travel Without Baby

  1. Lauren says:

    Thanks Melissa, great tips!

  2. says:

    I haven’t had to travel away from baby yet, but this is super helpful info to know! Just the idea of having to be away from him and keep pumping totally stresses me out, but this post is very reassuring. BTW, I think you have some of the best content on Baby’s First Year; very informative without being pedantic, personal but not overly so. You have a great voice, I’m really glad you’re on here!

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