Going out with breast milk

Going out with breast milk
If you need to go out with breast milk, there are several steps you can take to ensure that the milk stays fresh and safe for your baby:
  1. Keep the milk chilled: Keep the breast milk in a cooler with ice packs to keep it at a safe temperature. Avoid storing the milk in direct sunlight or in a hot car, as high temperatures can cause the milk to spoil.

  2. Transport the milk in a secure container: Use a leak-proof container to transport the milk, such as a hard-sided cooler or a thermal bag with ice packs. This will help to prevent any spills or leaks.

  3. Avoid exposing the milk to heat: If you need to stop for breaks during your outing, try to find a shaded area to park the car in. Avoid leaving the milk in a hot car for extended periods of time, as this can cause the milk to spoil.

  4. Discard any spoiled milk: If the breast milk has been left out of the fridge for more than 2 hours, or if it has been left in a hot car for an extended period of time, it is best to discard it to ensure that it is safe for your baby to consume.

It is a good idea to plan your outing in advance to ensure that you have everything you need to safely transport and store the breast milk. 

If you are concerned about the safety of the milk, you may want to consider expressing and freezing the milk before your outing, and then thawing it as needed. 

This can help to ensure that you have a supply of fresh breast milk available for your baby during your outing.

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