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FirstTimeMummy25 Sat 18-Jun-16 04:01:25

My DS is exclusively breastfed, we are off on holiday to Cornwall next weekend (3 hour drive) we will be leaving at around 6am due to traffic but can't get in our accommodation until 4pm. I have a stash of frozen breast milk I would like to take with me however need to keep it frozen between leaving and until I can put it back in the freezer when we get into accommodation.any tips on how I can keep this breast milk frozen for the 10 hours before I can get it back into a freezers. I would hate for it to defrost and then ruin as needs to be used working 24 hours of thaws and we are on hols for a week and I will just be using it on the odd feed when we are out... As I expect you breastfeeders know expressed breast milk is like gold dust lol.

Out2pasture Sat 18-Jun-16 04:12:36

freeze the EBM and pack it in a small camping chest full of ice. although you don't get into your accommodation till 4pm will they allow you to put the milk in the fridge freezer before then?

dogdrifts Sat 18-Jun-16 04:36:28

To be honest I wouldn't bother. I would just express some more while you are there to use the odd time you need it. That way you know there will be some at home when you get back, too.

HappyHeart87 Sat 18-Jun-16 05:41:36

I did a lot of EBM transporting when DD was in hospital. This was my method because I didn't have a cool box and was transporting very large amounts.

Chuck some plastic bottles / tupperware tubs of water in the freezer so they can act like ice packs (assuming you don't actually have any ice packs)! Bundle them with all your frozen milk into one of those freezer bags you get with your shopping at the supermarket. Wrap that in several layers of towels (like, way more layers than seems reasonable) and put in a bag or suitcase.

FirstTimeMummy25 Sat 18-Jun-16 07:22:22

Out- no they won't it's 4pm as apparently it won't be ready until then?*
Dog-* don't think I'd be able to express enough for when I needed it, could be wrong tho...*
Happy-* I don't have ice packs or a freezer bag but will go out and buy them I'm happy to do that so might give it a go.

I guess I'll just try the cool bag and loads of ice packs and hope for the best!

FirstTimeMummy25 Sat 18-Jun-16 07:22:54

Oops bold fail there lol

HappyHeart87 Sat 18-Jun-16 09:57:51

Tbh I occasionally did it without a freezer bag. If you insulate with enough towels etc you'll be fine.

Junosmum Sat 18-Jun-16 15:34:03

I donate milk to the milk bank and occast have to leave it on my front step for the driver to collect. I use a method similar to happyheart but use an insulated cool bag. Sometimes it's out for hours. I questioned the milk bank about it and they told me that basically as long as it has ice crystals in it by the time it gets to them, even if it's partially defrosted its safe to refreeze and use. As the milk bank feeds babies in nicu I doubt they'd take any risks with it so must be true!

FirstTimeMummy25 Sat 18-Jun-16 17:46:58

Thanks junesmum think I'm going to get lots of ice blocks a cool bag and some towels and give it a gosmile

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