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When I first heard the news about a London sweets shop making and selling breast milk ice cream, I was definitely intrigued. Why hadn’t I thought about doing anything edible with my breast milk, other than nursing my four children? I did mix it with cereal when my babies were starting solids, but I never thought to mix it into macaroni and cheese or make a smoothie that the rest of the family could enjoy, not to mention reap the health benefits of human milk. Online, I came across a huge variety of recipes, from cupcakes to corn chowder, even soap!
To be honest, every time I strapped on the old breast pump, I did indeed feel like a cow – and I imagined cows hooked up to factory pumps. So why not treat breast milk like other dairy products? Okay, we don’t have to do it on a mass production scale, although the creation of jobs could boost the economy as well as bust lines!
But with regards to my family, I wish I had experimented more with the "liquid gold" my body worked hard to make. I did use it to help unclog my babies’ stuffed noses. I rubbed it on rashes, and when most of my family had pink eye, I put drops of breast milk on the baby’s eyes for protection. Without a doubt, breast milk is powerful stuff! Literally. One time my milk shot through my nursing bra and t-shirt, squirting my aunt who was two feet away!
This report gave me the opportunity to learn so much more about breast milk than I ever knew. Talking about breast milk ice cream really got people thinking and asking questions. Many a joke was cracked, there was embarrassment and disgust, and there was giddiness in the air, especially with men. It’s just a wild concept, and yet, breast milk is the most natural, healthy commodity we have. Breast milk ice cream may be a novelty, but whether you’re an infant or undergoing chemotherapy, the health benefits are real and worth exploring.