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    I found this online;


    How to Ship Breast Milk
    1. Call the family that is receiving your breast milk first so that they are prepared to be home to properly store it so it doesn’t sit on the doorstep for too long.

    2. Purchase a cooler to ship the breast milk in. You can get reasonably priced thick styrofoam coolers with a minimum thickness of 2-3″, remember you are shipping this.

    3. Purchase dry ice.

    4. Wear gloves when dealing with dry ice. Read more about dry ice here. You will not need more than 8 pounds of dry ice for a cooler full of breast milk. Break up the ice and place half of it on the bottom of the cooler.

    5. Layer newspaper on top of the dry ice.

    6. Take your frozen breast milk and put them in zip lock bags, make them airtight and then wrap in newspaper. The zip lock bags are to save any milk that may leak during shipping and the newspaper is to prevent the bags from touching the dry ice as it will break open the bags. Put these into the cooler on top of the newspaper layers.

    7. Layer more newspaper on top.

    8. Place the remainder of your dry ice on top of the newspaper. If there is extra space in the cooler make sure to fill with more newspaper to prevent shifting.

    9. After placing the lid on the cooler, do a good job of taping it all up. Do use proper shipping tape and Do leave some of the cooler not tapped so that the dry ice can vent.

    10. Make sure to write “Human Milk” on your cooler.

    11. When shipping, make sure that you send on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. If you ship Thursday or Friday it may sit an extra day since there’s no Sunday shipments.

    12. Go to your local FedEx and ship the cooler to the recipient.

    13. Call the recipient to inform them that you have shipped the breast milk, give them the tracking number and when they should expect it.

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    I am still waiting on a package mailed ot me last summer. It got lost and then we moved 3 times. Even with a forwarding address each time I have not found my package. Breastmilk is a risky thing to ship IMO.
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    Never milk, but I used to work for a human tissue bank and shipped temp sensitive stuff all the time. I think it is well covered, but I would suggest seeing if you can find a dry ice supplier and get pellets instead of blocks. AirGas is who we used. pellets allow less air in the container. The boxes we used were rated for two day shipping and I would think an insulated foam cooler would be similar. Maybe test your set up with ice and a frozen chicken. If frozen at 24, 48, 72 hours you could save a little. Weather was our biggest problem but rarely. Weekends were second. I think we had problems of expired tissue twice in a year, late delivery was more of a surgery time than a defrost thing.
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    Women ship their breast milk all the time to milk banks like Tiny Treasures that make breast milk into human milk fortifier. Maybe try going to the Tiny Treasures/Prolacta Bioscience FB page and see if there are any instructions on there? Or try joining a FB group for milk sharing and ask how to do it there.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Procella View Post
    Never milk, but I used to work for a human tissue bank and shipped temp sensitive stuff all the time. I think it is well covered, but I would suggest seeing if you can find a dry ice supplier and get pellets instead of blocks. AirGas is who we used. pellets allow less air in the container. The boxes we used were rated for two day shipping and I would think an insulated foam cooler would be similar. Maybe test your set up with ice and a frozen chicken. If frozen at 24, 48, 72 hours you could save a little. Weather was our biggest problem but rarely. Weekends were second. I think we had problems of expired tissue twice in a year, late delivery was more of a surgery time than a defrost thing.
    Awesome, thank you!

    Quote Originally Posted by Icryinbaseball View Post
    I am still waiting on a package mailed ot me last summer. It got lost and then we moved 3 times. Even with a forwarding address each time I have not found my package. Breastmilk is a risky thing to ship IMO.
    There aren't many other options since we're moving. We're driving cross country, so I can't fly with it unfortunately.

    Quote Originally Posted by Twinderella View Post
    Women ship their breast milk all the time to milk banks like Tiny Treasures that make breast milk into human milk fortifier. Maybe try going to the Tiny Treasures/Prolacta Bioscience FB page and see if there are any instructions on there? Or try joining a FB group for milk sharing and ask how to do it there.
    Thanks, good idea!

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