Many mothers spend countless hours pumping to make sure they have enough breast milk for their baby when needed.
Imagine losing 300 ounces of breast milk.
Right now, that’s the reality for Fayetteville mom Lauren Carroll after she trusted the United States Postal Service to ship her frozen breast milk overnight.
One week later, the USPS still has not delivered her breast milk.
Carroll is a mom to two children, including 7-month-old Alexander. She’s also a Logistic Officer with the U.S. Army.
Recently, she was called up to active duty from the reserves and had to make the move from Fayetteville to Pennsylvania.
“I moved up here and had to find a house and get all of my household goods from Fayetteville to Pennsylvania,” Carroll said.
She took her son with her, while her husband, also active duty stationed in Fort Bragg, stayed in Fayetteville with their daughter.
Once she was settled in with the Army in Pennslyvania, Carroll needed the frozen breast milk.
“He was eating more than I was pumping, so I knew I was going to run out if he didn’t mail it out,” Carroll added.
On July 18, Carroll’s husband took the 300 ounces of frozen breast milk to the Fayetteville post office.
“He packed it in a Styrofoam cooler, packed it in dry ice, told them what it was and explained it, and they were pretty good with him about it, they knew what it was,” she said.
He paid $122 for the package to be overnighted and insured.
USPS tracking showed the package left Fayetteville on July 18 and oddly arrived in California on July 20, and it hasn’t been seen since.