|The financial aspects of shipping a box of breastmilk are best arranged before the supplies are bought and the box is shipped. This can be done via online secure payment processors, pre-paid shipping labels, and/or by calling the courier and pay over the phone. Sending (large sums) of money to strangers is unadvisable.|
Breastmilk can be shipped or transported in coolers or cooler shipping boxes, using ice, dry ice or gel packs.
For local transportation of breastmilk, keep the milk in a cooler and on ice, especially in hotter climates.
Recipients can generally pay for shipping costs via pre-paid shipping labels. Please call your local courier for more information on how to arrange this.
Overnight shipping and long distances are best done with dry ice and/or gel packs since regular ice melts quickly. For dry ice and gel pack shipping information, please visit this website and this website.
The courier used to ship the package will need to know that the content is a low risk biological product, and that the package contains dry ice. Shipping breastmilk generally does not require documentation or a permit, but each shipping company and country will have slightly different requirements, all based in law, especially when shipping internationally, so call and ensure all paperwork is filled out before going to the shipping center or the courier arrives.
For shipping across country lines, please inquire about the customs information of your country.
Special considerations apply when shipping dry ice packages by air: “Dry ice is a hazardous material and as such it is regulated for shipment by the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Regulations require that specific procedures must be followed when shipping dry ice.”
According to this website, “For air transport, the amount of dry ice per parcel is limited to five pounds or less, but it’s generally unlimited for ground shipments. Shipments containing dry ice must carry a Class 9 DOT miscellaneous hazardous material warning label, and must be clearly marked “Carbon Dioxide Solid, UN1845” or “Dry Ice, UN1845″. With five pounds of dry ice, the package would need to be delivered within 24 hours, as the recommendation for ordinary cooler use is 10 pounds per day. Biological material is often a dry ice shipment, which may have additional special requirements provided by the cold chain industry.”
Eats On Feets supports the shipping of breastmilk if it is necessary. However, our goal is to mobilize local families in order to foster true and safe community based milksharing, where people can meet each other in person and properly screen each other.