Tips For Flying With Breast Milk
How to Travel With Breast Milk On A Plane
Transporting breast milk can be made easier with a bit of knowledge and understanding of airport policies. Air travel with breast milk usually requires dry ice (a dangerous good) to keep it frozen. However, flying with frozen breast milk is still considered a liquid, so often the same airport rules regarding liquids apply. This usually applies if your baby is NOT flying with you. Below are airport security regulations to help you plan air travel with breast milk. I approached the airports directly for this information. Be aware that countries policies vary greatly, so don’t be caught out!
- Is there a limit to the amount of breast milk you can travel with?
- What watertight containers will you use to transport your breast milk?
- Will your airline/airport allow dry ice or ice packs? If neither use a ziplock bag and fill with ice cubes which are easy to replenish at the airport and on the plane.
- Where can I pick up/purchase dry ice?
- What documents do I need? if you are flying in the USA, print out this information sheet from the TSA showing transportation of breast milk is allowed.
Airport regulations for flying with breastmilk
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.