Airline Breastfeeding Policies
Every so often my newsfeed is full of news about a breastfeeding ‘incident’ onboard an airplane, and recently a mum having to ‘dump’ her pumped expressed milk at Heathrow airport as she was flying without her baby. Therefore, I thought it would be useful to ask the main airlines what their breastfeeding policy is and if they can store expressed milk? I’ve also contacted several major airports to ask them their security policy on bringing expressed milk onboard – if you are flying WITHOUT your baby. You will find this information below the airline policies.The answers vary greatly. Hopefully, this can allow you to plan ahead armed with this knowledge.
(For tips on breastfeeding on a plane- please read this useful post.)
Airline Policies For Breastfeeding
Airport Security Policies For Breastmilk ( when flying without your baby)
ALL American airports
ALL Australian airports
ALL Canadian airports
ALL South African Airports.
“In the event the mother is not travelling with an infant, then the normal process and policy applies with regards to Liquids, Aerosols and gels ( LAGs). This means the passenger will not be allowed to carry dry ice or ice cubes. Please note the airlines do not have jurisdiction to determine or verify if indeed the passenger is carrying expressed breastmilk. This is the prerogative of airport security. Therefore it would not be advisable to request the airline staff to place the milk in the hold of the aircraft.
We recommend that the passenger travelling without the infant rather opt to transport the expressed milk in a marked container accompanied by a pack of dry ice as a cargo item. It would be advisable to specify that the product requires ambient conditions for transportation so that it is kept cool.”
Amsterdam Schipol – Netherlands
Changi Airport -Singapore
Frankfurt – Germany
London Gatwick LGW – UK
If a passenger is not travelling with an infant, they need to comply with the 100ml ruling. Any remaining expressed milk would need to go in the hold.
London Heathrow LHR -UK
Expressed breast milk over 100ml must go in the hold if the child is not travelling. You can bring dry ice, but in a small amount and you will be asked to explain the reasoning behind this. However at LHR, there is no need to bring dry ice with you as they have an agreement with the retailers, that once you are airside you can get the ice for free. Make sure you contact the airport before hand so you can make sure your milk is correctly packaged for the hold.
Paris – France
First option, if the milk is packed in dry ice and put in the hold, the passengers must get the information from their airlines.