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How to Carry Breast Milk for Travel

When you travel, store bags of breast milk in a portable cooler with ice packs. “Mark the bag with the date and the amount of milk in the bag,” suggests Dana Ehman, a Pennsylvania-based lactation consultant with Motherborn. Breast milk stored in an insulated cooler with ice packs will keep for 24 hours as long as the ice packs are replaced every four hours to maintain a refrigerated temperature, says Ehman. If you prefer to use bottles to store breast milk, glass bottles work better than plastic to store frozen milk, Ehman adds, but they may not be feasible for space reasons if you have large volumes of milk to store.

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