I have a very specific question. I’m traveling to London and I am pumping. The hotel will supply a fridge but not a freezer. They are telling me it is against regulation to freeze my ice packs. Does anyone have a solution that has actually worked?? One time I cried to the hotel manager and they took pity on me and froze the ice packs but I don’t know if that will work again. The hotel is a Hilton.

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You can buy dry ice from a corner store and put in the fridge with the milk. If you don’t frequently open the fridge, you only have to replenish it every other day.

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And, I was told by uk tsa that I could either dump my milk or check my bag. I checked my bag.

Does EY have an internal women’s caucus that you can tap for help? Specifically a UK chapter could help you with the internal questions (like freezers at the office)

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Great idea. I’ll check.

Is it a work trip? You can ask if EY will cover the cost of renting a fridge with a freezer

Believe me I will 💪

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How long are you staying? Are you bringing the baby? If so maybe switch out every 6 days?

It’s 4 days. I just want to be able to bring the milk back home if I’m pumping! Would be nice to build up 100ish oz.

I just found a plug-in portable freezer at Walmart. Maybe you can order it to the hotel? And have them hold it until you get there.

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Where will you be on your fly day? For a shorter trip I froze everything at the office right before my flight. Took maybe three hours in a real freezer. By freezing the milk TSA didn’t have to test it because it wasn’t a liquid and it served as its own ice packs.

So this rule is ok in the US. But from the UK it’s actually the reverse. They will not let frozen milk through in carry on luggage. I have had to check bags before because of this.

Can you freeze your ice packs at the office?

I have been to 1mlp and 6mlp. They have fridges but not freezers. The only freezers in the building last I was there were in catering. This was pre-Covid. If anyone has newer and contradictory info I would love to know because this would be amazing and would make this trip way less stressful!

https://expressappliances.co.uk/freezer-rental/

You’re a genius! Now to get it delivered this week 😃

I’m from the UK and find this weird, I’ve definitely had ice packs frozen bit hotels before. Another idea is to ditch the hotel and rent a serviced apartment instead, will most certainly have a freezer.

Sadly that makes sense, we are very fortunate in the UK to get 1 year maternity leave!

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