How to fly overseas with approved baby milk and formula

1. Breastmilk is no problem 
You can take breastmilk in bottles or other containers. Here is the official advice from the Qantas website.
"A 'reasonable quantity' will be at the discretion of the security screening officer at customs.
Baby products may include, but are not limited to:
  • baby milk, including breast milk;
  • sterilised water;
  • juice;
  • baby food in liquid, gel or paste form; and
  • disposable wipes. "

Here's a post from a website called home made baby food recipes more about traveling with home made food and milk.  

I used zip lock breast milk bags, as pictured below. You can buy them here.  They have measurements on the side, and you throw them out after you've used them. These are convenient and sterile, you pump and pour what you have pumped straight into the bag and seal it. You can then sit the pouch in a container of hot water if necessary. My children were fine with drinking it at room temperature, so I didn't worry about heating it. 
breast milk storage bag
2. Breastfeed or bottle feed on the plane to avoid ear pain 
I fed my babies on take off and landing to avoid ear pain from the pressure difference. We did over ten flights with 2 babies under 1 year old, and never had a screaming baby on a plane. (Or it was luck!) 
It helps to plan it a little in advance so that they are willing to feed when the flight is taking off. If you can avoid feeding them in the 30-45 minutes or so before you board the plane then this is ideal. They will then be hungry enough to feed for the time for the first 15 minutes after take off. This is the time that the pressure usually causes ear pain. 
3. Formula is also allowed
Take as much formula and water to make is up as you need for your child on board. Again from the Qantas website is the below advice. 
"Products such as baby milk powder that are not liquids, aerosols or gels can be taken onboard."
I measured formula into containers like these shown below.  Prefill your baby bottles with sterilised water. Then you can put the formula straight into a bottle when you need it. 
Powdered milk baby formula container
4. Cows milk in UHT packets for older babies
If your baby is older, and no longer having formula or breast milk, bring small (200ml) UHT milk cartons. These don't need refrigeration and you can open them anywhere. 
We have brought these small cartons with us on the plane in our nappy bag. We also bought them in Asia in local supermarkets.
They can be stored at room temperature, so they are always at a good temperature for your child to drink. They are sterile when you open them, and there we have had no issue bringing them on planes in our carry on luggage. Read more from Cafe Mom website on babies drinking milk at room temperature

UHT 200ml milk for taking on flight and using in Asia with baby

For some great info on travelling with toddlers with milk, from the USA check out this blog post 

Not sure what to pack for your baby? Get the baby packing checklist I created after taking both my newborn babies on international holidays.  

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