Menstuff® has information on a very special ice cream.
After it sold out of its first batch of breast milk ice cream, The Icecreamists store posted a sign
promising customers that more "Baby Gaga" ice cream was on the way.
Anyone pining for some ice cream in London now has an unusual option to consider: ice cream made from mothers' breast milk. The Icecreamists shop has made headlines for using milk from as many as 15 women to make its new "Baby Gaga" flavor.
The rare offering proved a hit with customers at the Covent Garden store the first batch sold out within days of being introduced. A serving of Baby Gaga, which is reportedly flavored with vanilla and lemon zest, goes for 14 pounds or about $22.50.
The milk came from women found on an Internet advertisement. And the folks at Icecreamists say all the milk "was screened in line with hospital/blood donor requirements."
In an interview for British TV, store founder Matt O'Connor says, "It's pure, it's natural, it's organic, and it's free range and if it's good enough for our kids, it's good enough to use in our ice cream."
The case reminded me of the Eats on Feets campaign, which started out on Facebook after a breastfeeding mother sought ways to put her surplus milk to use. Teaming up with a like-minded activist, the movement has spread and now includes Antarctica, according to the EoF Facebook page. Emma Kwasnica, one of the women behind Eats on Feets, was interviewed by NPR member station KOPN for its Momma Rap program. (click "Podcasts" to hear the interview
The U.S. FDA is a bit leery of using "donor human milk." On its website, it explains why:
Risks for the baby include exposure to infectious diseases, including HIV, to chemical contaminants, such as some illegal drugs, and to a limited number of prescription drugs that might be in the human milk, if the donor has not been adequately screened. In addition, if human milk is not handled and stored properly, it could, like any type of milk, become contaminated and unsafe to drink.
Still, the FDA isn't categorically against sharing
breastmilk. It points people to the Human Milk Banking
Association of North America as a good source of information
and possible contacts
Breast milk ice cream was being scooped up by British customers Thursday after a London parlor used milk donated by a UK mom to make the "totally natural" treat.
Victoria Hiley, 35, a mother of one from Leeds in northern England, has already donated a liter of her breast milk to Icecreamists parlor for the dish it calls Baby Gaga, UK website Parentdish reported.
"What's the harm in using my assets for a bit of extra cash?" said Hiley, who responded to an advert for milk suppliers on another parenting website, Mumsnet. "What could be more natural than fresh, free-range mother's milk in an ice cream?"
The new parlor, based in London's trendy Covent Garden district, pays £15 ($24) for every 10 ounces of milk and has already had 15 mothers become donors. Each lactating woman undergoes the same health checks used by the UK's National Health Service to screen blood donors.
Matt O'Connor, 44, who runs Icecreamists, makes the dish by blending the breast milk with Madagascan vanilla pods and lemon zest.
"No-one's done anything interesting with ice cream in the
last hundred years," he said. "Some people will hear about
it and go, 'yuck,' but actually it's pure, organic,
free-range and totally natural."
Good to the last drop, or lick, as the case may be.
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