Monday, March 28, 2011

Breastmilk Ice Cream

I'm all for nursing, but the idea of getting a sample of someone else's breastmilk is a little on the odd side to me. Should it be? 

This photo was found here.

A few stores were going to start to sell an organic ice cream that is made from breastmilk, Madagascan vanilla pods and lemon zest. It's name? "Baby Gaga". The pre-thought of most people is, "Yuck"! But it is actually very healthy and yummy.

I have really bad tummy problems, and always wondered if cow's milk was totally eliminated from my diet, and replaced with soy or say breastmilk, how would my tummy do then?

I made what I called, "Boob Cube Ice Cream" for Mica and Isaak for their 1st birthday parties. I called it this because my breastmilk was frozen in ice cube trays. My little tikes were the only ones that consumed this ice cream. We joked about giving it to other people at the party. The joke was between my sister and I that were both nursing our little ones. I never thought at the time that breastmilk ice cream was something they'd actually start selling in the stores.

My sister and I had a lot of frozen milk left over, and we thought, "Why not make ice cream for our 1 year old's out of it?" It gave us a good laugh.

There was talk that ice cream parlors and grocery stores across the U.S. were going to begin selling ice cream made from breastmilk.  It’s organic! The Baby Gaga ice cream flavor has been confiscated by the Westminster Council due to safety concerns of transmittable diseases, and is undergoing testing. It might be something that you see in the future.

Wal-Mart, Costco, and Kroger are all following the lead of Whole Foods, which is the first chain store to agree to offer ice cream made from the breast milk of nursing mothers.

“Baby Gaga” was invented by  Matt O’Connor (from London).

Recipe to make Breastmilk Ice Cream: 

I found this recipe here.

Step 1 Ingredients

Gather all of the needed ingredients. This is enough for one serving, but you may double or triple as you see fit, depending on how much breastmilk you have.
  • 1/2 cup breast milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 cups crushed ice
  • 4 tablespoons salt
  • 1 standard sized coffee can
  • 1 economy sized coffee can
  • Hand towel or gloves (to protect your fingers)

Step 2 Directions

Combine the breast milk, vanilla and sugar into the standard sized coffee can and mix thoroughly. Tightly seal the can with its plastic lid and place inside the larger sized coffee can. Fill that can with the crushed ice, then sprinkle the salt over on top.

Now, use your gloves or towel to protect your hands as you roll the can back and forth on the ground, until the ice cream sets. The time required depends on the number of servings in the can.


  • The salt causes the ice to melt slightly, lowering its freezing point. Water freezes at 32 degrees F. water with 10% salt freezes at 20 degrees F.
  • You can use plastic ziplock freezer bags instead of coffee cans. Just combine the breast milk, vanilla and sugar in a 1-quart freezer bag, then putting that bag inside another 1-quart freezer bag to protect it from the salt. Now, put those bags inside a 1-gallon freezer bag, pour the ice and salt in, and use gloves to mix it around until set.
  • About 8 minutes is needed to freeze one serving of the ice cream mixture.
  • The following video will show you the general process using the plastic bag method.

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