London shop to make breast milk ice cream

Jodi - posted on 02/24/2011 ( 47 moms have responded )

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LONDON (Reuters Life!) - A specialist ice cream parlor plans to serve up breast milk ice cream and says people should think of it as an organic, free-range treat.

The breast milk concoction, called the "Baby Gaga," will be available from Friday at the Icecreamists restaurant in London's Covent Garden.

Icecreamists founder Matt O'Connor was confident his take on the "miracle of motherhood" and priced at a hefty 14 pounds ($23) a serving will go down a treat with the paying public.

The breast milk was provided by mothers who answered an advertisement on online mothers' forum Mumsnet.

Victoria Hiley, 35, from London was one of 15 women who donated milk to the restaurant after seeing the advert.

Hiley works with women who have problems breast-feeding their babies. She said she believes that if adults realized how tasty breast milk actually is, then new mothers would be more willing to breast-feed their own newborns.

"What could be more natural than fresh, free-range mother's milk in an ice cream? And for me it's a recession beater too -- what's the harm in using my assets for a bit of extra cash," Hiley said in a statement.

"I tried the product for the first time today -- it's very nice, it really melts in the mouth."

The Baby Gaga recipe blends breast milk with Madagascan vanilla pods and lemon zest, which is then churned into ice cream.

O'Connor said the Baby Gaga was just one of a dozen radical new flavors at the shop.

"Some people will hear about it and go, 'yuck' but actually it's pure, organic, free-range and totally natural," he said. "I had a Baby Gaga just this morning and I feel great."

http://au.news.yahoo.com/odd/a/-/odd/890...

I mean, seriously, what are they trying to prove?

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Rosie - posted on 02/26/2011

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um, no thanks. it kinda bugs me that it's not being donated to a milk bank. aren't they always looking for milk? seems a bit extreme...

Marylea - posted on 02/25/2011

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@Tracey: I read that they did indeed pasteurized the breastmilk before making it into ice cream.

That being said I think its kind of sick especially considering how much they're charging for it.

Ez - posted on 02/24/2011

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My only issue with it is similar to Shannen's.. I would rather these women donate to babies out of the goodness of their hearts than to a business for profit. And yeah... the price is ridiculous.

Lindsay - posted on 02/24/2011

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Seriously, who wants to pay $23 for a serving of ice cream? Really?

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Sarah - posted on 02/27/2011

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YUM!

oh and i think i found my new career path! I will be a free range woman donating milk for ice cream! how much does it pay? :D

I would definitely try it (from my own milk) and would make it at home if i knew how! I reckon it would be great!

I once looked up how to make breast milk cheese, but it can't curdle :( bm ice cream sounds great though! What a brilliant idea :D

Perhaps i will open a shop here? I know so many people that would be keen! hahaha love it!



edited to add: my daughter has a tshirt that says baby gaga :D great advertising campaign or what?!

Angela - posted on 02/26/2011

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Yeah No thanks.
Im not a Newborn,so I really wouldnt want to have Breast Milk Ice Cream.

Sal - posted on 02/26/2011

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i was just looking up some stuff for australia, and to be organic milk the cows/farm must only be feed organic food, and non gm food, so unless the lady can prove that she eats nothing but orgainic and non gm everything all the time she couldn't produce organic milk, or not that would reach organic certification here..

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If something is certified organic the regulations are pretty tight. They cannot use ANY chemicals even trace amounts from indirect contact and it fails to meet regulations. Organic on the other hand, could have chemicals used on it.

Sal - posted on 02/26/2011

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i'm not sure on animals either but to have land certified organic, thus having organic crops and animals on it it has to have been free of non organic fertalisers or pestisides etc for a certain period (something like 7-10 years) there is a case here where a farmer has lost his organic certification due to cross contemination from a neighbouring farm that grows GM crops that blew into his farm and grew, he lost the certification and now wants to sue the other farm, not sure of the out come, or if there is one yet, so i know that certified organic is pretty stringent rules, i don't think you can buy a cow at the auction and bring it to your organic farm and call it organic unless it was from a certified farm, from what i have heard unless what you buy is certified by the correct organic organisation it isn;t technically organic, no matter what it says on the packet

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I believe even organic stuff has certain chemicals used in it, it is just that there are less chemicals used. I was under the impression that very few things are taken from the natural environment and used as is, although I could be completely mistaken.

Sal - posted on 02/26/2011

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it is too expensive for me to try.....even of the thought didn;t repulse me...and i'm not sure how they can class it as organic......i'm not sure of the exact rules but wouldn;t the mum have to be tested for any chemicals she might use and them absorb, cleaners, medications?? eating non organic food in the past years even to claim organic the woman would have to be certified just as a dairy cow would be

Mabel - posted on 02/25/2011

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You know the reference of FREE RANGE kind of sounds like a group of wandering cows.So what do you say ladies???MMMMOOOOOOOO!!!

Merry - posted on 02/25/2011

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Yeah and the cows don't even get to feed their babies, the babies get cow formula so we humans can drink the milk ment for them......

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well humans volunteer to donate their milk, its forcefully taken from cows...I dont agree with taking rights away from anyone, man, woman, child, or animal...

Merry - posted on 02/25/2011

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The closest milk bank to my city said only under a year.....sucks cuz I had loads of milk but he was already over a year! Is the hmbana in America?

Becky - posted on 02/25/2011

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Huh, I couldn't donate milk to the HMBANA then because I lived in Niger for a year.

LaCi - posted on 02/25/2011

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While I have zero issues with the idea of eating/drinking breast milk, It still bothers me that the breast milk in that ice cream could/should be going to a baby somewhere.

But, I wouldn't be able to help myself. I'd HAVE to try it. Just once. :)


The HMBANA doesn't require the mother's child to be under 1 yr old to donate. Not from the guidelines on their website

"All donors to HMBANA member milk banks undergo a screening process that begins with a short interview over the telephone. Donor mothers are women who are currently lactating and have surplus milk. Donor mothers must be:
In good general health
Willing to undergo a blood test (at the milk bank's expense)
Not regularly using medication or herbal supplements (with the exception of progestin-only birth control pills or injections, Synthroid, insulin, pre-natal vitamins; for other exceptions, please contact a milk bank for more information)
Willing to donate at least 100 ounces of milk; some banks have a higher minimum
A woman would not be a suitable donor if:
She has a positive blood test result for HIV, HTLV, hepatitis B or C, or syphilis
She or her sexual partner is at risk for HIV
She uses illegal drugs
She smokes or uses tobacco products
She has received an organ or tissue transplant or a blood transfusion in the last 12 months
She regularly has more than two ounces or more of alcohol per day
She has been in the United Kingdom for more than 3 months or in Europe for more than 5 years since 1980
She was born in or has traveled to Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Chad, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Niger, or Nigeria"

Merry - posted on 02/25/2011

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It's better then drinking some cows milk IMO
Too expensive for me but sure I'd love to have some.
You can't donate milk if your child is over one year old so it's not a waste of milk if the donor moms kids are already 1 year or older.

I seriously don't understand why we would rather eat ice cream from a cow then from a human...... Doesn't make sense to me one bit

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I just can't see the point in it. I think I'll stick to normal ice-cream that doesn't cost £14 a sitting!

Nikki - posted on 02/25/2011

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I just threw up in my mouth a little.
I am all for bf my children, but other people's breast milk in the form of a treat, no thanks.

Mrs. - posted on 02/24/2011

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Is it still organic and free range if the mom only eats McDonald's and smokes a pack a day? Cause really, who knows?

Sneaky - posted on 02/24/2011

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I assume that all these BM donors are screened for HIV, etc before donating???? I would rather have ice cream from some random cow so that I know the milk has been pasturised (sp?) to kill any bacteria at least!

April - posted on 02/24/2011

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i'd request a sample! don't those ice cream places give you those tiny spoons so you can taste before you buy? I would never pay 23 dollars for ice cream, although I think it's pretty cool. It's not a waste of breast milk. It's not like all the women in the world are going to dry up. Cows, on the other hand, theoretically COULD become extinct.... :P

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I think its a great idea, 23$ is insane though. If you wont ingest something that came from some random stranger, why ingest it from some random cow. At least breast milk is made to be digested by humans.

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I wouldn't even be interested in drinking/using my own breastmilk, so why would I ingest some that came from some random stranger? And $23 for ice cream? Yeah.... not in this lifetime.... even if I had that kind of money to blow on it.

Jocelyn - posted on 02/24/2011

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It's too expensive for my taste, but if it was offered to me, I'd probably try it. BM is sweet, so it's probably really good :)

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breast milk is for babies. and sorry, wouldn't trust anyone else's breast milk, and it would just seem kinda wrong if i were to consume my own. plus that's pretty damn expensive, even for "organic." :\ more power to them if rich people like boob ice cream.

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Becky, I think PETA was trying to get some ice cream company to use breastmilk instead of cow milk...lol. Maybe it was Baskin Robbins.

Emilie - posted on 02/24/2011

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I guess that would be good for babies, but I don't want to pay $23 for it, especially when I can give babies my own BM for free.

Becky - posted on 02/24/2011

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Well, unless it's got a vein of gold running through it, there is no way I would ever pay $23.00 for a bowl of ice cream!
I remember hearing about somewhere else, I think it was Baskin Robbins, wanting to do this a while back. I don't know, I guess if it sells, more power to them, but I don't think I'd eat it.

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I'd be willing to make some from my own BM, just as a fun experiment. But I would never pay $23 for ice cream made from donated milk.

I literally laughed out loud at the "organic free range" description.

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LOL I don't care either way personally. HOWEVER, my DH and millions of other men and even women out there would and will LOVE it. I say he is doing something great and I wish him all the best. :)
Maybe he could have chains all over the world. ;)

Sharon - posted on 02/24/2011

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ugh I can't find the news articles I used to be able to.

Some place in the US wanted to do that, they got shot down. The video up there - creeps me out. But japan really does offer breastmilk in cartons/glass bottles for public consumption.

Bonnie - posted on 02/24/2011

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That sounds kind of gross. I wouldn't give it to my child. Not only that, but I wouldn't give a baby ice cream.

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