Pumping and Shipping Breast Milk to your Surrogate Baby(ies)
Surrogates are not required to breast feed or pump for their surrogate baby, though many do decide to pump once the baby or babies are born. It’s an additional way a surrogate can help out her Intended Parents and the baby. Pumping is a decision that is made between the surrogate and Intended Parents and usually put in the contract at the beginning stages of the match. Many surrogates who do offer to pump will usually receive additional compensation. This is for the time involved for the surrogate (as pumping is very time consuming), not to be used for any pumping supplies or shipping. The IP’s should cover all costs related to pump rental, shipping materials and the actual shipping fees as well. Below is a step by step guide to freezing, packing and shipping breast milk without using dry ice. (Not recommended for international shipping).
You will need the following supplies for EACH shipment: Large cardboard box, 30 quart Styrofoam cooler, packing tape, packing material (or newspaper), 2 packages of “blue ice” (Igloo MaxCold artificial ice). The coolers and “blue ice” can be found at Walmart or Target in the camping section. The boxes and tape can be found in the packing and shipping dept.
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