A Super Simple Step-by-Step Guide to Shipping Breast Milk

A Super Simple Step-by-Step Guide to Shipping Breast Milk

A key point to discuss when matching with Intended Parents is whether or not you, the surrogate, will be pumping breast milk for the baby/babies after delivery.

While not everyone can or will want to pump milk, it is an important decision to be made between the surrogate and Intended Parents. Many surrogates do want to pump, as its just another way to help out, gives the baby/babies many health benefits, and benefits the surrogates body as well.

There are many ways you can go about pumping for your surrogate baby: you can use a pump you may already own, obtain a new one, or have your Intended Parents rent a hospital grade pump for you. When pumping, all necessary supplies should be provided or reimbursed by the parents.

If your Intended Parents are local, you can set up dates and times when you can meet up to give them the breastmilk. With long distance Intended Parents, it is still possible to provide breast milk to your surrogate baby! Instead of a local drop-off, youll need to be shipping your breast milk to their home.

Dont worry, its not as difficult as you might think.  For each shipment you will need the following items:

Large cardboard box for shipping

30 quart Styrofoam cooler

Packing Tape

Packing material or newspaper

2 Packages of blue ice," we recommend Igloo MaxCold artificial ice

The coolers and blue ice can be found at your local Walmart or Target in the camping section, or on Amazon. The boxes and tape can be found in the packing and shipping dept.

Once your milk is pumped and distributed into the breastmilk storage bags, place in a deep freezer for at least 24 hours. This will ensure that the milk stays frozen while in transit. If you dont have a deep freeze, place the bags towards the back of your freezer, where it is the coldest.

The day of shipping, its best to bundle the individual bags of frozen milk into a couple of gallon sized Ziplock bags. We recommend this is in case one bag of breast milk leaks, the zipped bags wont allow the one leaky bag to ruin your whole shipment.

You are now ready to ship all that goodness to that new baby! Don't forget to ship it overnight so it gets there the next day. 

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