Breastmilk Jewelry: Fashion Do or Don't?
One mompreneur creates jewelry out of breastmilk, giving a new meaning to family heirlooms
Diamonds, rubies, emeralds, and… breastmilk? There’s a new gem gracing the necks of many new moms, and it may be more precious than any rock dug out of the ground. Yes, it’s breastmilk—your own breastmilk—preserved in resin and used as the centerpiece in custom-made necklaces, bracelets, and charms.
Necessity may be the mother of all invention, but for one creative nursing mom, Allicia Mogavero of Rhode Island, inspiration for this unique jewelry idea was born out of a desire to create a different kind of keepsake to mark the special bond of breastfeeding.
“You only make breastmilk for such a short period and it was amazing to me that this milk… was able to make my child thrive as well as he was. But the thought of him no longer nursing and me not making milk was sad in a way,” Mogavero tells the UK’s Daily Mail.
Mogavero “thought long and hard about a way to preserve the short time that I made milk,” and after plenty of trial and error, finally had her Eureka! moment when she figured out a way to plasticize a sample of her milk into moldable “breastmilk beads” that she could encase in resin enamel and make into jewelry.
“I made myself a bracelet and started making them for family members with their breastmilk. Word of mouth requests started coming in and the rest is history.”
Today, Mogavero sells her creations through an Etsy shop and her online store, MommyMilk Creations. To order, moms send her a few tablespoons of their breastmilk, which she then molds into a miniature shape—hearts, moons, flowers or tiny hands—and sets it in a resin pendant to proudly wear. The cost for a piece of jewelry ranges from $64 to $125.
As word of the breastmilk jewelry spreads, we caught up with Mogavero who confirmed to BabyZone that business is booming. “I’m very surprised and completely overwhelmed. I know breastfeeding is a controversial subject itself but I never expected such a buzz over my breastmilk jewelry. I think anything that brings attention to breastfeeding is great!”
Mogavero now finds herself happily busy with a waiting list of nursing moms eager to commemorate their milk for all time. Breastmilk jewelry competitors are also eagerly sprouting up, including Etsy seller Milk.Mom.Baby who offers kits that allow moms to preserve their own breastmilk for $15.
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