With the holidays coming up, traveling can pose challenges for the breastfeeding mom. Adequate preparation and a good understanding of one’s rights are the keys to a hassle-free trip. Here’s what you need to know. Can I take breast milk on the plane? You can carry on your breast milk in any reasonable quantity, whether it is thawed or frozen. It’s likely the breast milk will be screened, but calmly escalate the matter if a Transportation Security Administration begins to open your container or wants to dispose of the breast milk. You are within your rights to insist that your ‘liquid gold’ be permitted on board the plane, uncorrupted. Other tests can be run that do not require opening the container. Do airports have accommodations for breastfeeding mothers? Airports must furnish accommodations, primarily for their breastfeeding employees. Many are doing more, including the Philadelphia International Airport which now has 13 private ‘minute suites’ for travelers between terminals A and B. Each suite has a daybed, seating, TV, internet connectivity, and electrical outlets. One caveat, they’re free for 30 minutes and then nursing moms are charged $14.99 for the next 30 minutes, and all others are charged $19.99. Most airports have similar accommodations without extra charges. We’d like to see this practice change at the Philadelphia airport. You can call ahead for availability or just walk up to the counter when you arrive. If suites are booked or full, there are 42 extra large single ‘family’ bathrooms that, while not ideal, provide electrical outlets and enough space and privacy. If you’re at an airport where the only option seems to be the women’s bathroom, seek out a vacant gate area in the terminal and settle in. You have every right to do so. It’s best to research your destination airports for policies and accommodations. Any tips for keeping breastmilk cool? Breast milk is good for 24 hours when kept cool and for three to four hours at room temperature. Store the milk in a cooler with ice packs or gel packs, which are permitted on planes and may be subject to screening. If you don’t have the means to cool the milk, ask the flight attendant to store