A friend of mine send me the link to two articles in the news that mentioned breast milk ice cream yesterday. The first one, Baby Gaga breast milk ice cream: “Miracle of motherhood” or totally gross? from CBSnews.com had me scratching my head what this has to do with Lady Gaga, but the San Francisco Chronicle post, Breast milk ice cream, anyone? clarified that the London ice cream store Icecreamists selling this breast milk ice cream calls it “Baby Gaga.” Brilliant marketing tactic.
Ice cream made of breast milk? It’s not the first time I have hear about it, and a few weeks ago this topic actually came up when I was tweeting with a few other breastfeeding moms.
Making ice cream from breast milk makes total sense to me. The stuff is liquid gold and cures everything from little cuts to pink eye in our household. Once you know about the healing properties in breast milk, it’s hard to part with this cure-it-all.
Since my son won’t breastfeed much longer (it’s been four years, so that’s safe to assume) I have been thinking of pumping a few ounces of breast milk and freezing it for future emergencies before my milk supply dries up.
Why not? I know of people who have used it in their coffee and I have used breast milk to get rid of a sore throat and to wash off some debris from my contact lens in a pinch.
Would I eat ice cream made from breast milk? I would eat it made from MY breast milk because I know I’m diligent about not eating or drinking something bad that could end up in my breast milk supply. I’d love to be able to take advantage of the benefits in breast milk in such a yummy way. It’s gimmicky, but I don’t see any harm it it. If I had an ice cream machine at home, I’d be inspired to try it.
I’m sure the moms donating their breast milk for this Baby Gaga ice cream also know what they need to avoid because they don’t want their own kids to have breast milk that is infused with something they shouldn’t have (certain medications, herbs, etc.). And apparently these ladies get screened like anyone donating blood in the UK, so yes, I’d try this ice cream. Once, just to see if it tastes differently, because at $22 a pop, this ice cream is expensive!
I have to be honest — my first reaction was that I wouldn’t try it because I don’t know the women donating this milk, but when you think about it, I don’t know the cows I get my milk products from either!
I don’t know and can’t control what pesticides, medications, or growth hormones those cows has been exposed to. I mostly buy organic milk and milk that specifically says that the cows didn’t receive growth hormones, but I’m sure the cheese and yogurt I buy have some in them.
Does regular ice cream go though certain safety checks before we see it in the store? I’m sure it does. If this breast milk ice cream passes the same test, what would be the difference? Breast milk ice cream would be more nutritious, that’s for sure.
So, would you eat ice cream made of breast milk? Why or why not? Would your husband?