Breastfeeding and Lactation

Using Dry Ice to Travel With Breast Milk

Why would I need to use dry ice?

If you are traveling with frozen breast milk for longer than 12 hours, you need to use dry ice to protect the milk.

What is dry ice?

Dry ice is solid carbon dioxide. It is often used to keep foods cold so that they do not spoil while being transported. Unlike regular ice, dry ice does not melt. It changes from a solid to a gas and creates a vapor that looks like fog or smoke.

How can I handle dry ice safely?

How do I travel safely with dry ice?

How do I dispose of dry ice?

Contact us

For more information or to schedule a consultation with a lactation specialist at CHOP, call 215-590-4442 or contact us online.

Reviewed by: Diane L. Spatz, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN
Date: December 2010

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