A new trend surfaced earlier this year among mothers of newborns and has stirred up controversy among social network interactions, family discussions, and the news. What’s this trend you ask? Breast milk jewelry. Yep, you read that right! If your reaction was anything like mine, I was surprised.
Some jewelry designers have come up with a way to preserve breast milk, turn it into a clay form and display it in beautiful lockets or beads to be worn for years after your child has stopped breast-feeding, grown up and having children of their own. Not comfortable with the thought of someone you do not know handling your breast milk? No problem, you can purchase DIY kits and preserve it yourself.
You can find these jewelry artists on Etsy just type in breast milk jewelry. You will find over 100 listings for breast milk jewelry. Apparently the trend has caught on with some new mothers. Maybe these designers were onto something..
Mothers save their children’s first tooth, hair from their first haircut, baby clothes and shoes, small toys, stuffed animals, and now breast milk…
Some people find this growing trend to be meaningful and sweet, other’s find it down right disgusting. I am one who falls in with the latter crowd. When I have children I will stick to their picture in a locket, but as the saying goes to each their own.
What is your opinion? Do you think this is a trend worth keeping, or should we find another way to preserve those precious memories?
*Photo credited to MilkMomBaby*
By Mardi Robyn