Breastfeeding is a very special moment between a mother and her child. Each mother will live this experience in a different way. Some mothers love breastfeeding and will take to it naturally from day one. Other mothers will struggle for the first couple of weeks and some might give up due to this struggle. I even know mothers that do not enjoy breastfeeding, but have done it for a period of time just so they can give their baby the best start.
I have always known I wanted to breastfeed my baby boy. And I am one of the mothers that has struggled. The first 7 weeks were the toughest of my life. I was in pain and cried many nights at the thought of having to feed him. Giving up crossed my mind, but I seeked support and pushed through it. At 8 weeks it started to feel better and now we are 18 weeks in and I am starting to enjoy it.
Browsing through Etsy, I stumbled across a shop that was selling breast milk jewellery. I had never heard of it and was curious to find out more about it. I went to Internet and asked, what is breast milk jewellery?
Breast Milk Jewellery
Breast milk jewellery is a keepsake to wear as a reminder of a mother’s breastfeeding journey. It is a piece of jewellery that is made with your breast milk. This can be done to create rings, pendants and beads.
After purchasing the product, you have to send your breast milk to the seller. They will preserve the milk and mix it into resin to make your piece. Some sellers will also allow you to add colours or even other inclusions. An inclusion is something you include inside the jewellery such as a lock of hair, placenta, ashes or a piece of fabric.
A breastfeeding keepsake is something very personal and unique. If you are worried about a seller not using your own milk, there are many DIY kits you can purchase to make your own jewellery at home. This is a cheaper option. Breast Milk Jewellery can be pricey, but the quality is so much better than with a DIY kit.
I think breastfeeding is amazing. I sit and look at my little boy, how much he has grown. All the little rolls are there thanks to the milk I make for him. It is an amazing feeling knowing that I am able to feed my baby and make him strive. I want to breastfeed him for at least 18 months, longer if we can. And I know that when our journey comes to an end I will want to have a keepsake of this precious time.