Before I decided to pump and dump - I'd find out how hard it was to save the milk. I had a supply issue - so the idea of dumping milk is crazy to me - but if you make alot of milk and a days worth of milk is not all that valuable - then dump it.
But I'd call the hotel, and find out if they had a freezer - you could store an icepack in. At the very least - you could bring a couple of icepacks with you, and toss an icepack.
Me - I'd want to keep the cooler and milk with me. So I'd want an icepack in the cooler I was storing the milk in during the day while I was at the conference.
If the airline company requires a frozen icepack - I'd leave that icepack with the hotel during the day while I was at the conference and change it out last minute before leaving the hotel. - toss the icepack you used at the conference. I'm assuming its a quick flight. An hour or two in a cooler without an icepack - the milk will still be fine in - just make sure you know the milk has shorter duration of time it will last in fridge/freezer/room temperature, etc.
9/20/11 12:00 A
I went to FL for 10 days without Rebecca. I pumped and dumped because I didn't have a way to keep the milk cold let alone have a way to bring it back to MN. Pumping helped keep me flowing but my flow was less when I returned than when I left. Though I had plenty of milk frozen before I left to help supplement while my supply increased again.
Personally I would pump and dump. I know it is hard to think about doing and even harder to do but your little one will be fine not having one day's milk and you will be less stressed out about having to get through the airport. I wish you luck in whatever you decide and have fun at the conference :)
8/15/11 11:17 A
I have had to do this several times...
First, I carry a cooler with me packed with ice packs. I have a good one that stays cold at least eight hours. You can take that through airport security, too, but they will make you throw any melted ice packs away so make sure to put them in at the last second.
If you keep your phlanges cold, you don't have to use a new set each time. So, I put the milk I have just pumped and the phlanges in the cooler and store it with the pump. (I guess this is irrelevant if you can pump in your hotel room, but you can also store the phlanges in your mini fridge).
For security, just know that they are going to want to test each bottle of milk so I would store the milk in bottles, not bags. I always ask them to please put on a new pair of gloves before handling the milk/cooler. I also ask them to let me open the containers.
Hope this helps!
8/13/11 5:38 P
In a few weeks I will be flying w/o baby for a training. I'm only going for the day - leaving early that morning & coming back late that night. I'm planning on taking my pump & pumping during breaks @ training. My questions are: 1) How do I store the milk during the training? (It's @ a hotel, so I think I'd have access to an ice machine.) 2) What's the best way to take the milk through airport security? Thanks in advance!
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