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Tuesday, March 06, 2007I've been trying to dig up some information for a friend on getting breast milk through customs and thought I'd open it up to my Lactivist reader to see if any of you have any experience in the matter.
The mom is planning a trip to Mexico with her husband, but without her children. (You know, the GOOD kind of Mexico trip...) She plans on pumping while she's there and would like to bring the milk home with her. However, neither one of us have been able to find any information on the Mexico requirements for flying with breast milk or on potential customs issues. (Because when she flies home, she'll have to pack according to Mexican air guidelines, not according to the TSA and of course she may also have to deal with customs agents if they search her luggage.)
I spoke with the TSA this morning about the situation and she said to stick with the TSA guidelines of checking any expressed milk (you can't carry milk on the plane if you are not traveling with a child) and suggested that the mother carefully label both the package containing the milk and any individual containers of milk. They also gave me the phone number for the Mexican consulate and for Border Patrol, which I've forwarded on to the mom so that she can call to see if they have any additional input.
So, any Lactivist readers travel INTO the United States from another country with expressed breast milk? Did you have to deal with customs? Did you have any problems? How did you figure out what the packing requirements were in the country you were traveling from?
I (and my friend) would really appreciate any input from moms that have made similar trips.