I’m a sentimental gal … I love getting nostalgic. I love to rummage through boxes of old photos or letters, or leaf through the journals and scrapbooks I kept when I was younger. My mom has an enormous chest in her basement with the relics of my and my brother’s childhood, so I guess it runs in the family to keep stuff. I have pieces of clothing from each of my kids that I just can’t part with. I’m thinking of having them made into a quilt at some point. But realistically, what am I supposed to do with the tuft of hair I’ve kept from Cub’s first hair cut? What about my dried wedding bouquet that is crumbling away at my parent’s house? And then there are memories that I wish I could make more tangible. Breastfeeding has been such a treasured experience with both of my kids, but once my last baby has her last sip, what will remain?
Let me introduce you to the handiwork of Ashely Montague, the Texas-based mother of two and jewelry-maker behind Montague Milk Pearls. If you’ve never heard of breast milk jewelry, let me assure you: it’s totally a thing! You send a small amount of your milk (as little as a teaspoon, depending on the piece) to Ashley in the mail. It’s not complicated or expensive to send your milk: just put the required amount in a Ziploc bag or breast milk bag, then place it into a second sealed bag, just in case. A natural preservation process turns your milk into a simple pearl or solidifies it to be mounted in a stunning pendant. So many women have “rainbow babies” (babies born after a pregnancy loss). Commemorate the rainbow after the storm with a Rainbow Baby Breastmilk Gem Necklace. Ashley offers a variety of settings for your milk pearl, from delicate birds, flowers and trees to whimsical tea pots or bottles of “liquid gold.” Your breast milk pearls can also dangle from a bracelet or be set in a ring or earrings!Not every mama breastfeeds, but every mama definitely treasures little mementos of her children. You can have pendants or charms made from a lock of hair or a flower your toddler picked for you—even a piece of their clothing or another cherished textile. Your wedding flowers or a piece of lace from your wedding dress would also make beautiful inclusions.If you’re a stealthy husband hoping to have a milk pearl made for your wife for Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day, here are some ideas for how to get some milk without saying, “Hey honey … can you just squirt a few drops into this baggie for no reason at all?” If you are feeding your baby pumped milk in a bottle, save the last few drops! If your partner stores frozen breast milk, sneak some out of the freezer. Previously frozen milk works just fine!
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