Call us old fashioned, but keeping a lock of baby’s hair or their first tiny pair of shoes is enough for us when it comes to baby mementos. But mums looking for a truly original keepsake are ordering jewellery made from their breastmilk.
Mums can send off a milk sample which is then solidified, set in resin and returned to them in the form of a locket, pendant or charm for between £10 and £150. Etsy has just banned breastmilk jewellery from its online craft store on the grounds that it qualifies as ‘human remains’.
But Vicki Krevatin, from Basingstoke, who has been making and selling breastmilk jewellery under the name Mom’s Own Milk since 2013, says she’s getting more orders than ever. “I know what I do is offensive to some people, who tell me it’s disgusting,” she told the Daily Mail.
Vicki started the business when she wanted to celebrate the bond between her and her son Jessy by preserving a sample of her milk. She says the jewellery is made from 3 ingredients to a secret recipe and she’s had orders from mums as far away as New Zealand.
“For many mothers, breastfeeding a newborn baby is an unforgettable and rewarding experience that not only provides immeasurable health benefits for mother and child but also strengthens that mother-child bond,” she writes on her website.
“Breastfeeding is not always an easy path to follow and many mothers have to overcome, what seems like, insurmountable obstacles to give their beloved baby the best start in their life and it is one of the most selfless acts.”
Vicki also makes keepsakes from locks of hair, placentas and umbilical cords.
Customer Suzanne Williams, 40, bought a blue and white pendant to commemorate the birth of her son Oliver. “My first thought was that it was gross and would look gaudy, but curiosity got the better of me,” she said. “I realised it wasn’t like wearing a vial of milk that would go off. It was unique, and a way of celebrating the end of my nursing years.”
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