Jun 10 2010
I have to make a clarification in this post, to many mothers who read some of the articles here, but did not read ALL of them, and failed to bring back their precious frozen EBM.
Recently, I have received a few emails, from different mothers, sharing their failed experience of transporting their frozen expressed breast milk.
Coincidentally, they were all coming back from the same place – the East Malaysia, either Kuching or KK.
All of them, used cooler BAG to bring back their FROZEN ebm.
Now, I have to remind you that, I have never advocated such method. All the frozen ebm that I have ever transported, were stored in cooler BOX (as per the photo below).
In addition to that, I have never ever transported frozen ebm in small cooler box. All the frozen ebm were carried in the LARGE cooler box. Only then, it is insulated well enough, and with proper wrapping and surrounded (all sides) by ice packs or frozen CO2 (dry ice), they could then sustain my 33 hours long journey from Chicago – Newark – Taipei – KL.
With cooler BAGS, I have only ever transported CHILLED ebm. That is because the insulation layer in cooler bags are too thin and not good enough to keep the milk frozen. Even with the chilled ebm, I had to surround the ebm with ice packs to keep them chilled.
For short distance from East Malaysia, use of cooler bag is good enough, but please just chill the ebm, and not freeze them.
I’m sorry if I have given wrong impression to mothers who sought advice here, and failed to bring back the precious milk. I feel sad too that the milk were down to drain!
I wish you success next time.
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