An Update on the Breast Milk Ice Cream

Jodi - posted on 03/02/2011 ( 12 moms have responded )

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Breastmilk ice-cream confiscated for testing

Westminster Council has acted to remove all ice-cream containing breastmilk after being contacted by members of the public and the Food Standards Agency.

"Selling foodstuffs made from another person's bodily fluids can lead to viruses being passed on and in this case, potentially hepatitis," Brian Connell, Westminster Council's cabinet member for business.

Ice-cream parlour owner, Matt O'Connor, 44, has agreed to cease making and serving the ice-cream while it was being tested. But he has dismissed the health concerns, saying that the breast milk had undergone the same "scrupulous" screening procedures as the breastmilk found in breastmilk donation banks. He said: "Our donor was screened at a leading medical clinic and then the ice cream mix is fully pasteurised.”

O’Connor declared that the breastmilk had been provided by women who responded to an advert on an online mothers' forum – “We have had a fantastic response and 200 women have come forward and offered to give us milk.”

O'Connor plans to fight to continue to sell his breastmilk ice-cream if Westminster decides on a permanent ban ‘Baby Gaga’ following the testing. Any fight with the council O’Connor would hope to resolve before the London Summer arrives! Although at £14 a serve, for the ice-cream of breastmilk blended with Madagascan vanilla pods and lemon zest, it is unlikely to be a treat for your average Aussie backpacker in Covent Garden.

O’Connor is not the first restaurateur to explore breast-milk food creations. Chef Daniel Angerers, owner of Klee Brasserie in New York, blogged about his experiments with in Mommy’s milk cheese back in Feb 2010. His exotic fromage creations use his wife’s breast milk. link: chefdanielangerer

Angerers says: “My cooking instincts are rather natural (eg, sourcing ingredients from the local market, eating sustainable seafood, buying free-range-all-natural poultry). But THIS is a whole other level of ‘natural’.”

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Rosie - posted on 03/06/2011

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all of you people who keep on acting as if cows milk is unnatural, i suggest you hook your tits up to a pump and start manufacturing away for the millions of people in such dire need of human milk. don't want to sign up for that?? oh, guess we'll have to go with the alternatives out there....

Pauline - posted on 03/06/2011

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Why is it that we are more comfortable with the idea of drinking Cow's Milk?! Shouldn't we be saying yuck to Cow's Milk! Not human milk!

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Katie, the enzyme used to digest milk is found in our bodies from birth to age of around 4-5. After this approximately 95% of all remaining lactose production is stopped. When you hear about people that are lactose intolerant its simply because not just 95% but actually all 100% of the lactose is no longer produced. Humans were not meant to consume milk after the age of 5.
The only real health claims come from the dairy industry. It has protein and is filling but it also promotes cancer growth and in fact prevents proper Calcium absorption. Milk was designed by nature for one reason, to fatten a newborn up so that it can survive for a short time on body fat while it learns to survive as it gets older.

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Katie, the enzyme used to digest milk is found in our bodies from birth to age of around 4-5. After this approximately 95% of all remaining lactose production is stopped. When you hear about people that are lactose intolerant its simply because not just 95% but actually all 100% of the lactose is no longer produced. Humans were not meant to consume milk after the age of 5.
The only real health claims come from the dairy industry. It has protein and is filling but it also promotes cancer growth and in fact prevents proper Calcium absorption. Milk was designed by nature for one reason, to fatten a newborn up so that it can survive for a short time on body fat while it learns to survive as it gets older.

Pauline - posted on 03/06/2011

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I'm not against cow's milk. But just surprised with how we seem more comfortable as a society with cow's milk. I'm not completely comfortable with the idea of drinking breast milk either. Until recently discovering I have a diary allergy, I loved drinking cow's milk. Now I just miss cheese! What if I could have cheese with breast milk?

Charlie - posted on 03/06/2011

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I do think it is weird people are so ready to drink another animals milk but are grossed out by our own , I don't have a problem with cows , goats , oat , almond whatever milk but I do find it funny at peoples reaction to human milk .

PS on a different note , I also think it's weird people eat the discarded egg at the end of ovulation from a chicken LOL But I love eggs so I try not to think about it haha.

Cathie - posted on 03/06/2011

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very weird, i like Paulines way of thinking but there is just something in me that is grossed out...cant work out why though

Katherine - posted on 03/02/2011

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Saw that in cafemom. I thought it was a weird idea from the get go personally.

I mean I know how healthy it is but they kind of should have thought about that BEFORE they marketed it.

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