Breast milk jewelry is the latest emerging trend among new and nursing moms. It involves the preservation of breast milk in a hardened form and placed in jewelry (e.g. ring or necklace).
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 of the milk itself. No two pieces are ever the same. Sometimes milk has a yellow tinge and sometimes it is quite thin and a bit transparent. In these cases, a more cloudy-looking bead will be created. Fatty milk tends to be whiter.
DIY breast milk jewelry kits
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 a 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!
Here are a few options to get you started.
Breastmilk Crown Necklace and Custom Mold
Breastmilk Sterrling Silver Ring
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 jewelry.
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 wearing breast milk while other 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.