Breast Milk Jewelry

Say What??

Breast milk jewelry is fast becoming a very unlikely trend!

But what exactly is breast milk jewelry? 

Various jewelry types such as rings, lockets and pendants are being made out of a woman’s most precious gift to her newborn – breast milk!  

It sounds like a highly unlikely way to make jewelry, but many moms are opting for this sentimental keepsake. “The very first piece to be designed and sold online is unknown, but it is believed that this type of jewelry came to market on the internet in 2012." (1)

Whether you like it or hate it – it’s all rather intriguing!

This seems to be the most common procedure:


How Breast Milk Jewelry is made...

It seems that there are various ways of making this thought-provoking jewelry.  In some methods, solvents are added to the breast milk to preserve it.  Other methods include dehydrating, cooking down, and mixing the breast milk with other mediums.

The breast milk is sealed in resin or encased in jewelry and then glazed. So what that generally means is that the milk is turned into a solid material and takes on an almost pearl-like appearance.

Breast milk often differs in colour.  There are two types of milk – the richer, creamier milk that fills baby up and the thinner watery milk, which quenches baby’s thirst.  The former is a darker, more yellowy colour while the latter is quite watery and pale.  So no two pieces of jewelry are ever quite the same.  They are all individual mini pieces of art.


The Controversy

  • It is unknown if the jewelry making method actually preserves the breast milk.  If it doesn’t, then it is very likely that bacteria may contaminate the jewelry over time.
  • Etsy (an online marketplace where people can buy and sell unique goods) banned the sale of breast milk jewelry in its online store, under a general restriction against sale and trade of human remains. (2)
  • While some seem repelled by this jewelry, others find it a beautiful way to capture their breastfeeding journey.


 Making or Ordering your own Breast Milk Trinket

  • HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE IF YOU ARE ORDERING FROM A WEB SITE?

It appears that most websites claim to take approximately 6 weeks from receiving your milk.

  • HOW MUCH MILK IS REQUIRED?

Only a small amount is needed.  If you are placing an order online, most require about 30mls of milk.

  • HOW DO I POST BREAST MILK?!

Most sites that offer this type of jewelry have a link with a full description on how and where to ship your breast milk.

  • CAN I DO THIS AT HOME OR IS IT FOR PROFESSIONALS ONLY?

There are breast milk jewelry kits that you can buy online! (3)


Online Breast Milk Jewelry DIY

If sending off your breast milk seems a little too weird for you, Amazon does sell a DIY breast milk jewelry kit!

It includes needed solvents and tools to preserve your own breast milk; and all the tools and glaze you will need to make your own jewelry.  The actual jewelry is not included in the kit.

Baby Bee Hummingbirds (4) is another site that offers DIY kits and includes very thorough instructions.  They send you a step by step guide on how to preserve your breast milk and then take you through the method of making your own jewelry.

So – whether you love it or hate it – this “DNA art" seems to be here to stay!


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References:

1. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.  

2. Davies, Anna. New York Post. http://nypost.com/2016/05/21/meet-the-moms-buying-jewelry-made-from-their-own-breast-milk/.

3. Indigo willow BM jewelry and keepsakes. http://nypost.com/2016/05/21/meet-the-moms-buying-jewelry-made-from-their-own-breast-milk/.

4. McGlade, Amy. baby bee hummingbirds. 31 January 2016. http://babybeehummingbirds.com.au/blog/diy-breastmilk-keepsake-jewellery-kit-instructions/.


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