Sure, some mothers might want a memento of their breastfeeding about as much as they’d like to re-experience labor contractions. But for many, it’s an unforgettable experience that brings them closer to their newborns, and for those women a 34-year-old mother of three has figured out a way to “materialize” that memory.
Allicia Mogavero, of southern Rhode Island, makes breast-milk jewelry that she sells at the online store Mommy Milk Creations, on the craft site Etsy.com. For $64 to $125, she’ll plasticize a sample of your breast milk and mold it into miniature shapes — hearts, moons, flowers or tiny hands. The milk beads are then set into a pendant of the your choice. The final product is a keepsake of your body’s liquid gold that you can wear “as a badge of honor” or perhaps give to your children when they are old enough to not be totally skeeved out by it.
According to the Daily Mail, Mogavero can barely keep up with the orders. Mothers around the world are sending her their breast milk in sealed bags; her waiting list for final products is now eight to 10 weeks long.
Mogavero has quite a lot of competitors on Etsy.com. One of them, Hollyday Designs, claims that it’s the original creator of breast-milk penchants and that it’s been making the unique keepsake for more than a decade. Another seller, milkmombaby, offers kits that allow moms to preserve their own breastmilk for $22 to $38.
And there are other ways to save your bodily ambrosia. According to Yahoo Shine, Sara James of Houston handcrafts soap bars made of olive, coconut, lavender and a dose of breast milk. She sells them for up to $60 on Etsy’s TinRoofSoapCo Shop. And in 2011, a New York University grad student used human breast milk to make cheese and offered adventurous eaters samples at a New York gallery, noted Reuters. Earlier that year, a London store calledThe Icecreamists began selling ice-cream made from human breast milk. According to the Guardian, you can buy the frozen treat — named, horrendously, Baby Gaga — for $23 per 10 ounces.