When you're pumping or nursing on the go, the last thing you want to worry about is whether your breast milk is still safe for your baby to drink. Keeping your expressed milk at the proper temperature while you're traveling can seem like a tricky task, especially because you may not be using it right away, and checking it every 30 minutes to make sure it's still frozen probably doesn't sound like the most productive use of your time. Luckily, there are a variety of ice packs for traveling with pumped milk that are specifically designed to keep your breast milk frozen and safe for your baby, whenever you're ready to use it.
I know what you're probably thinking — reading articles about ice packs means you've reached a new level a "mom-ness." But as unexciting as the topic may be, keeping your liquid gold at the perfect temperature is actually a task that shouldn't be taken lightly. In fact, according La Leche League, you can store your breast milk in insulated coolers with ice packs for up to 24 hours, as long as the temperature stays between five and -39 degrees Fahrenheit. So these ice packs will definitely come in handy if you ever plan to travel with that liquid gold in tow.
1For The Medela Mom
If you already use Medela, sometimes it's easier to just keep things consistent. This Medela ice pack ($8) fits perfectly inside their square cooler and is designed to fit around the bottles, making storage a breeze.
2For The Mom Who Likes To Keep It Simple
Whether you're taking a roadtrip with your baby or flying solo, the Ameda Cool N Carry breast milk storage system ($30) will make it simple. The reusable and non-toxic ice packs are easy to clean and will keep your milk cold for up to ten hours.
3For The Mom Who's Setting Up Camp
If you're staying in a hotel and just need a quick way to keep your bottles cool (and then warm them up safely when it's time), this Munchkin Night & Day Bottle Warmer and Cooler ($36) will make your life 100 times more convenient.
4For The Mom Who Needs Extra Space
The Cryopak flexible ice packs ($10)allow you to store more than just your breast milk in a cooler. They wrap around bottles, keeping them cold for hours, but not taking up the entire cooler while they're at it.
5For The Multitasking Mom
If you're looking for a cooler that does everything for you, the Kiinde Twist cooler bag ($24) is your new best friend. With zipper pockets to hold the extra large and thin ice packs and insulation in the cooler, your liquid gold won't be melting anytime soon.