Saturday, 24 February 2018
Returning to Work Policies/Air Travel w/ Breastmilk
Written by Nancy   
Thursday, 23 February 2012 14:12



--- February 3, 2017  Express Ship Breast Milk Home and Other Options with Milk Stork:

June 2017: 9 PLUS 3 reports one mother's experience with Milk Stork: "Milk Stork indeed provided the service it advertises. Airport security was the difficult part of my business trip. I exercised my right not to have the cooler x-rayed though that meant I was patted down and given additional screening. They wanted to put the milk under a laser something or other which I refused after they could not answer my question about whether or not the laser created any heat.  They swabbed the outside of each bag and cleared me to go.  (The TSA agent informed me that if I had brought the milk frozen they would not have to screen it since once it's frozen it is considered a solid not a liquid and subject to different rules.  I told her I did not have a sufficient freezer in my hotel and that I would be concerned about it thawing thus necessitating it be used immediately upon returning home.)"

--- Affordable Care Act and Working Breastfeeding Mothers: It is not yet clear how the following have been/will be changed by the new administration/Congress in office since January 2017.

June 2017: Proposed Work Schedules That Work Act:

June 2017: IRS website regarding Nursing Mothers Program dated March 31, 2017:

December 12, 2016 BABES ACT on President's Desk : Airline FDA Rules Change Traveling with Breastmilk, Formula, Juice.

August 2015 -- 8 Things You Need to Know About Pumping at Work

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:  The law directly benefits childbearing women and newborns by:

  • prohibiting the use of pregnancy as a pre-existing condition by health insurance providers;
  • widening access to certified nurse-midwives by eliminating inequities in how they are reimbursed under Medicare;
  • paying for home visits by nurses for at-risk families during or after pregnancy;
  • expanding access to primary maternity care by improving Medicaid coverage of freestanding birth centers;
  • expanding access to Medicaid and affordable private health insurance for women of childbearing age who are now uninsured or under-insured.
  • Note that health insurance companies are not obligated to provide women with high quality breast pumps. It is up to each company to decide which brands/quality.
  • Women's Preventive Services;

The Making It Work Toolkit is an online resource for breastfeeding mothers returning to work or school:                         



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