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Breastmilk Ice-Cream Anybody?

Saturday, February 26, 2011
Posted in: Extraordinary breastfeeding

Seriously, why???

A restaurant in London’s Covent Garden is serving a new range of ice cream, made with breast milk.

The dessert, called Baby Gaga, is churned with donations from London mother Victoria Hiley, and served with a rusk and an optional shot of Calpol or Bonjela.

Mrs Hiley, 35, said if adults realised how tasty breast milk was more new mothers would be encouraged to breastfeed.

Each serving of Baby Gaga at Icecreamists costs £14.

Mrs Hiley’s donation was expressed on site and pasteurised before being churned with Madagascan vanilla pods and lemon zest.

Icecreamists founder Matt O’Connor placed an advert appealing for breast milk donations and believes his new recipe will be a success.

What’s the harm in using my assets for a bit of extra cash?”

“If it’s good enough for our children, it’s good enough for the rest of us,” he said.

I don’t care how good it freaking tastes, I’m gonna pass on this one.

What say you?


  • Janean
    February 27
    2:08 am

    I think it’s weird to call it Baby Gaga…
    But honestly, if it’s pasteurized I personally don’t think it’s gross – just like I don’t think it’s gross to eat ice cream made from a cow’s breastmilk either. That said I wouldn’t be going out of my way to find some or paying extra for it.


  • Jane A
    February 27
    9:27 am

    I would try it out.


  • But isn’t it just a little squicky in a sort-of, maybe cannibal-y way? Cows don’t nurse from other cows do they? I’m really asking, btw.

    Women lactate to produce milk for their own offspring, not to make ice cream. We’re not herd animals. If they’re producing that much extra, then they can cut back on how many times they breastfeed.

    It just seems really creepy to me. I have this image of a bunch of women knitting booties hooked up to automatic milkers. 😉


  • JoanneF
    February 27
    3:07 pm

    Who’s up for cocktails?


  • Las
    February 27
    4:05 pm

    Human breast milk is higher in fat and milk sugar, so it would make an incredibly rich and sweet ice cream. If I had a baby I might make ice cream out of my milk out of curiosity and for giggles. I wouldn’t eat it if available commercially though, and the idea that breast milk ice cream would encourage more women to breast feed is just dumb.

    But, if there’s a market for it, why not? I can’t criticize anyone for figuring out an ethical way to part fools from their money.


  • eggs
    February 28
    12:18 am

    I … just … brain hurts … no. Good grief, people. NO!!


  • Nicole
    February 28
    12:50 am

    Um, no. Not gonna try it.

    If she’s got that much extra milk, she should try to donate to a breastmilk bank.


  • What say you?

    I say shudder and no thanks.

    FYI, I’m a nurse and a mom who breastfed three kids. I know full well how healthy breastmilk is. I know there’s a bonding thing that goes along with it. I have no issues with breastfeeding at all, so my aversion here isn’t to BREASTFEEDING.

    It’s the whole ice cream thing and … yeah. I’ll pass.


  • I also breastfed my kids, so what Shiloh said–it’s not breastfeeding I’m against here.

    Regardless what I’ve heard said, or read, I never saw the need to taste my own milk–and see no reason to try that of other nursing mothers, thanks.

    There is the icky feeling from the ‘eating your own’ thing Barbara mentioned, plus a general feeling of ‘what the fuck?’


  • I think it’s mostly a (technically irrational) taboo squick factor here. To my knowledge, there’s nothing wrong with adults drinking breast milk, it just feels weird to think of commercially milking a human, and because we have a general conception of breastmilk as some kind of magical IV drip for babies only, not as being truly analogous to cow or goat or sheep milk.

    I might give something like this a try, if I wasn’t on totally the wrong side of the ocean. Not going out of my way to look for it, though.


  • Anon76
    February 28
    9:57 pm

    No…just no. I’m with Eggs on this.

    But then in my speechless state I found a comparison that fits my mindset…

    I will drink the milk of a cow, goat, etc. I will eat the flesh of a cow, goat, etc…

    But I will never do either when it comes to a human woman. Other than when I was a babe-in-arms and breast milk really was a food group.


  • Lo
    March 1
    12:50 am

    Good Lord! I could have made a fortune selling my freezer full of extra breastmilk from my oversupply days instead of donating those thousands of ounces to the TCH Milk Bank.

    I’m kind of curious as to whether or not the breast milk ice cream will actually taste good. Breast milk’s taste changes depending on the mom’s diet. I went on a kale binge one week and had bright green milk. Sweet potatoes made it kind of orange. Unless they’re screening moms, I’d imagine some of those milks may taste a little funky.

    Oh and what about that soapy lipase taste? I’ve known moms who lost entire freezer stashes to that grossness.


  • Oh for god sake…yuppies and fads…save us from them


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