Milk Bombs on Planes

We recently traveled with friends abroad. One was a new mother who was breast-feeding and concerned about the new and ever-changing airline regulations, when it comes to pumped breast milk.

Fortunately, now, passengers are allowed to bring on breast-milk, in a “closed/sealed transparent re-sealable 1 quart/1 liter plastic bag.” The problem, while maybe not obvious to many, is this: breast-feeding mothers can’t bring along the ice needed to keep the milk cold during the flight or transit. This has become quite a dilemma for mothers. Today’s NY Times had a first-person account of these travails. The author wanted to keep pumping to provide continuous nutrition to her child. My friend wanted to hedge against the problems inherent in dehydrating, long-distance flights.

Any advice, traveling moms?