Breast milk jewelry is the latest emerging trend among new and nursing moms. It involves the preserving of breast milk in the form of jewelry that holds the liquid.
When you look into a baby’s nursery, chances are you’ll see quite a few keepsakes. There may be footprints hanging on the wall, a lock of hair, and even a hand-me-down teddy bear from your own childhood.
Could you imagine a keepsake that included your breast milk?
Breast milk can be stored in beads or tiny containers that can be used to make a range of jewelry including pendants, rings, bracelets and even earrings. Depending on the designer, some can even shape it into miniature shapes such as hearts, moons, stars or tiny feet and hands. These creations are then set in clear resin and hooks and chains are then added. The child’s name or a special message can also be included.
What color is the jewelry?
The ultimate color of the bead made from your breast milk will be unique and can vary depending on the color the milk itself. No two pieces are ever the same. Sometimes milk has a yellow tinge and sometimes it is quite thin. In these cases, a more cloudy looking bead will be created. Fatty milk tends to be whiter so if you are looking for a white bead or white creation, that’s what you need to capture where possible.
Whilst it’s often easier to have someone else create your unique jewelry, you certainly can do it yourself. There are plenty of DIY breast milk kits available and they are really quite easy to use.
These kits include full directions, and many also come with necessary items including a pendant and chain to help you create your own keepsake. Doing it yourself and enjoying the fun process is definitely more meaningful than to send your breast milk to someone to do it for you!
How much breast milk is needed to make jewelry?
Most kits require around 5ml however if you are sending your milk to someone to create a masterpiece for you, 30ml is advisable to send as that can help to create 1-3 pieces of breast milk jewellery.
Divided opinions on breast milk jewelry
Breast milk turned into a pendant worn around the neck isn’t for everyone. Some mothers report that they could not think of anything worse than wearing old, curdled milk, and whilst motherhood is full of wonderful memories to cherish, preferable keepsakes would be more along the lines of a bronze shoe or a first tooth.
But then again, it’s not as weird as walking around with your child’s dried umbilical cord around your neck!
On the other hand, many women believe that this opportunity is a constant reminder of such a special time and a great way of commemorating the bonding experience you had with your child.