Helping Moms Navigate through Pregnancy, Breastfeeding & Motherhood 


Advice and Tips for Traveling with Breastmilk

September 5, 2016


and Traveling Abroad with Kids… while Pumping


I’m not going to sugar coat this, traveling can be stressful enough as it is, even when you don’t have two young children in tow. But try adding in the fact that you are traveling abroad and need to arrive 2+ hours earlier to the airport, you have to go through customs, there are time changes and currency exchanges, etc… and your head may feel like it’s going to explode.

Oh, and then there’s the fact that you are going to have to travel home with 200+ ounces of milk that you pumped while “on vacation” (like I recently did), and it almost seems easier to just stay home… [Except not really because I absolutely loved our trip and wish we could have stayed longer!!]

While I can’t promise you that it’s all going to be cake, I can at least give some helpful advice when it comes to traveling abroad with breastmilk, or even flying with breastmilk, in general, since I’ve done it multiple times – and how to make it all as seamless as possible.

BACKGROUND:
Before I get into the actual tips, I’ll give you a little background on my latest trip: It was our 5th Wedding Anniversary and we decided to go back to where we spent our Honeymoon – Grand Cayman. We stayed in the same hotel (The Caribbean Club), but this time brought our 2 kids (our son is 3 ½ and daughter is 13 months). We also brought my MIL, which was great because we stayed in a place where she had her own room, and my husband and I actually got to go out to dinner by ourselves one night without having to worry about our littles.

I still nurse my daughter (and plan to until she is at least 18 months, as I did my son). I make a very large quantity of milk and so also provide it to 2 other families, and have for their entire lives, thus far. Since these babies rely on me to [literally] feed them, I don’t ever get a break from pumping, and in fact need to make sure I always eat, drink and pump enough as to keep up my supply. This is the reason why “pumping and dumping” on vacation is never an option, and adds an extra element of things to worry about while traveling with kids.

So again, having traveled many times while still needing to pump and save, these are my biggest tips and things I wish would have been spelled out for me.

Advice and Tips for Traveling with Breastmilk:
1. All airlines consider items relating to breastfeeding and young children’s feeding needs as a “free pass”.    This means:
    a) You do not have to pay to travel with coolers you use/are going to use to store breastmilk.
    b) Your pump can be taken on the plane and is not considered a carry-on.
    c) You can bring enough milk on the plane to feed your baby for the duration of the flight, as well as an additional 2-3 hours longer, in case there is a delay.
    d) Water and liquids are OK for kids, as long as you are OK with security testing them.

2. For large quantities of breastmilk:
    a) Bring a cooler or cooler box that is OK to be checked.
    b) Mark it as “Perishable” and “Contains Human Milk”.
    c) Include contact info directly on the box.
    d) I suggest including several large gel ice packs, as opposed to dry ice. While I used to only ship with dry ice, I have been using gel packs for the past year (at least once per week) and have never had any “melting” issues.
    e.) If you do choose to use dry ice, you must write that on the box. You are not allowed to include more than 5lbs; write “Contains 5lbs of dry ice”.
    f) Leave the box open until you “check it” so the attendant can see what is inside; then tape it shut. Bring your own tape; they usually don’t have any.
    g) Make sure the attendant sticks a “luggage tag” on the box that states your final destination.

3. As a side note, carseats, strollers, etc. are allowed to be checked for free when you initially check your luggage. You can also bring strollers up to the gate. They will be stored underneath the plane and immediately be brought out for you upon your arrival. (However, sometimes they do take a while to bring them up, so you may have to be patient).

I will say, I was very anxious and hesitant about having to pump and then bring home so much breastmilk on the plane, but am pleasantly surprised at how much of a non-issue it really was. Granted, I was thoroughly prepared and have shipped more boxes of breastmilk than I could ever count. But still… This was my first time traveling abroad with breastmilk and I am happy to say that it was a success!

Plus, our vacation was absolutely incredible and worth every little “inconvenience” that my pumping may have caused ;). And most importantly, I have 2 [other] babies who are happy and well fed as well - along with my daughter, of course ;)

 

 

NuNaturals Giveaway

July 29, 2016
Check out our latest Giveaway with NuNaturals! 

{THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW OVER! THANKS FOR ENTERING!!}{

There will be 4 Grand Prize winners, each with the chance to win:
  • 1 Bottle of Vanilla Alcohol Free NuStevia Liquid, 
  • 1 Bottle of NEW Sugar-free Simple Syrup 
  • 1 Package of NEW Organic Banana Flour
  • PLUS a 50 pkt. box of NuStevia NO-Carbs Stevia Packets
**You will also receive 25% off your ENTIRE ORDER of NEW JAB It Up Super Powders** 

ALL ENTRANTS will also receive 15% of their ENTIRE ORDER at NuNaturals...

Continue reading...
 

Healthy Tips for Planning a 1st Birthday Party: Kenzley Turns 1!

July 18, 2016



Lying in bed the night before Kenzley’s 1st Birthday – and party – I couldn’t help but think about the mile long list of things I still had to do, even though I’d been busily working all day, and week, for that matter. Planning a party really is a lot of work, and can be downright stressful. However, lying there I was also thinking how I wouldn’t change it for the world: the stress, the sleepless nights, the wondering if everything will be ready… it is all worth...

Continue reading...
 

What is Kombucha? Is it Good For Me? Does it Have Side Effects?

April 11, 2016


Known as the “Immortal Health Elixir” by the Chinese and originating in the Far East around 2,000 years ago, until recently, kombucha had been known as a “hippy drink” that only “crunchy” people enjoy. However, thanks to clever marketing and people’s newfound love for all things healthy, kombucha has reentered the modern world as the “it” drink, making it to trendy restaurants, dinner parties, and even on tap at your local bar.

Though it is true that its po...


Continue reading...
 

Picky Eaters, Part 2: 5 Ways to Introduce Healthier Foods to Kids

March 28, 2016



Ok, so after reading our last article [
you can read it here] you know how important it is to set a good ‘food’ example for your kids because they really do watch – and mimic – everything you do. Essentially, we gave you a whole list of “Don’ts” and ways you shouldn’t act around your kids in regards to eating because you WILL influence them, whether you intend to or not.

So now that you know how not to act, it’s time to give you a list of Do’s: things that you CAN do and s...

Continue reading...
 

Part 1: Picky Eaters and 5 Things We Can Do About It

February 19, 2016


Self-fulfilling Prophecies
Eating healthy can be a very touchy subject, especially when it comes to feeding our kids. Whether we fall on the side that believes that sugar is the root-of-all-evil and should be avoided until age 18, or we give our toddler a cookie every time she does what we want, commenting on how and/or what another parent feeds their child[ren] can put everyone involved in a very uncomfortable position.

As a Nutritionist and someone who has personally seen t...


Continue reading...
 

End of 2015 – Take Time for Yourself

December 31, 2015


As 2015 comes to an end, I can barely wrap my head around where it has gone and how much as happened (and am sure many of you can say the same)! From the great things that have happened in my business, to the birth of my daughter Kenzley (my most cherished moment by far!), I am truly thankful for the relationships that have been created and the ones that have blossomed, for my friends and my family, and for all of the promise and hope for this upcoming year.

And although New Y...


Continue reading...
 

A Quick and Easy Memorial Day Makeover

May 23, 2015


Can you believe that Memorial Day is already here?! For most of us, that means the [un]official start to summer has begun! With that comes the pressure of summer attire and feeling like we need to look our best – thanks to the hot sun and lovely humidity many of us around the country get to experience.

And while this weekend is going to be abnormally wet and cool for much of the country, the daunting reality that summer and all of its anxieties will be here before we know ...


Continue reading...
 

Good Intentions, but Way Off the Mark: the FDA vs. KIND Bars

April 15, 2015


Many of you have probably heard, but the FDA has taken action against KIND Bars, saying that their labels of being "healthy" are false and misleading. Specifically, the FDA stated “Your products do not meet the requirements for use of the nutrient content claim ‘healthy’ on a food label.”

These sightings from the FDA are mainly due to KIND Snack’s high [saturated] fat content, as well as a few other mis-labelings, including using the '+' symbol to insinuate that ther...
Continue reading...
 

Expo West 2015: What a Show!

March 18, 2015


Wow, what a whirlwind! I can’t believe it’s almost been 2 weeks since Expo West – and I am still up to my neck in trying to catch up! (Being in San Diego with my 2 year old and family didn’t help much ☺). It’s all good though. The show was a mega success with more Exhibitors than ever before, more attendees (over 71,000!), and personally, more days in attendance. This was my first year going all 3 days and I, along with my staff, didn’t even cover ½ of it!


From ...
Continue reading...
 

Blog:

Here you will find insight into our personal lives - as Healthy.Fit.Fab. Moms -  as well as topics we feel passionate about. So sit back with a cup of Joe, and enjoy!

About Me


As the Founder of Healthy, Fit, Fab, Jessica wants to help Moms and Moms-to-be feel and look their best, from the inside, out. With her Master’s in Holistic Nutrition, as well as being a Certified Personal Chef and Personal Fitness Trainer, Jessica's biggest accomplishment is being a Mom to her son Kaston (born 12.1.12) and daughter Kenzley (born 7.9.15).