Jewelry is a Mother’s Day go-to gift… Have you considered jewelry made with your own breast milk?
It’s just so awesome and healing and validating and … sigh… warming even the chilliest zones of my heart to know I have a material keepsake of the very first labor of love for my child. A labor of love just from me. Just between us. And one day he may very well forget all about our nursing days, but I’ll always remember — especially with a tangible preservation hanging over my heart.
The Designated Dad gifted me with this gorgeous locket from Hollyday Designs last year. I love it so much! The ordering process was so easy. I simply hand-expressed about an ounce or so of breast milk, sealed it in a small, airtight Ziploc bag within a larger, airtight bag; labeled it with our identifying information; and sent away in a regular sealed envelope. (The milk won’t be used for consumption so there’s no need to ensure food-grade quality shipping practice).
A few more options (of many) available by Hollyday Designs:
A few other sellers hand-make these pendants, too. I have not personally purchased from anyone besides Hollyday Designs, but I’ve heard through the milkvine that the ones listed below are reputable. (Note: I receive NO compensation from any business mentioned here).
From Mommy Milk Creations
You can also make your own breast milk jewelry (you made your own breast milk, so why not?). We tried making our own pendant-ready breast milk medallion first, heating and simmering and separating just as the result of Google searches directed, but we ended up scalding and wasting several ounces of “liquid gold.” Alas, I don’t personally recommend treading that route as inexperienced human milk preservers (purposeful emphasis, because following instructions for plasticizing bovine or other species’ milk *will not* work!).
If you’re confident with your cooking skills, try one of these do-it-yourself kits from Hollyday Designs. If you already have the supplies you need, simply follow the instructions in this detailed tutorial.
So many pretty designs to choose from! ! Unfortunately I would not recommend Mommymilkcreations. I know her website or blog says “up to a year”, but I (and many others) have been waiting much longer. Personally for me it’s been 17 months. Hopeful that it will arrive one day, but not counting on it. 😦
I’m sorry to hear that! Thanks for the insight though. I’m sure there is a simple explanation for the inordinate delays but I agree this is something potential customers deserve to know in advance.