British mom makes jewelry out of her own breast milk

Marco B Divaio

She’s milking it. Alison Hawthorn needed something to pass the time away during quarantine, so the British mom of four did what any bored parent would do — create a jewelry line out of breast milk. Hawthorn, 30, started her business during lockdown last year in her hometown of Wirral, […]

She’s milking it.

Alison Hawthorn needed something to pass the time away during quarantine, so the British mom of four did what any bored parent would do — create a jewelry line out of breast milk.

Hawthorn, 30, started her business during lockdown last year in her hometown of Wirral, England. She got the idea after experimenting with resin, and now, women send Hawthorn their breastmilk, and she turns their boob juice into necklaces, rings, earrings and pendants. 

The entrepreneur recently appeared on the UK’s “This Morning” and revealed that she hopes to add umbilical cords to her collection.

She explained on the chat show hosts that she felt like she was going insane during quarantine and wanted to keep busy.

“I felt like I was losing my mind, I was going crazy. It was just kids and nappies day in morning and night, and I said to Dan, my partner, ‘I need to do something for myself,’ ” Hawthorn said.

Hawthorn started her accessories business during lockdown last year, when she felt bored and like she was “losing her mind.”
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“I decided that my resolution for the brand new year would be to make jewelery with resin. I started making things like key rings,” she explained to hosts Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford. “This whole time, I breastfed my twins for the first year, and as we approached the year, I wanted something to celebrate our feeding journey.”

A resin bear with breastmilk and hair
A resin bear with breastmilk and hair
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Hawthorn added, “I had the breastmilk, I had the resin and I knew it could be done, so I just researched and researched, and practiced. People send their breastmilk to me in the post. It’s actually quite resilient; although it wouldn’t be suitable to be eaten after this time out of the fridge, it’s absolutely fine to go into the resin.”

Crushed breastmilk used to make jewelry.
Crushed breastmilk used to make jewelry.
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The businesswoman started making the jewelry for herself, friends and family until word got out about her work.

Resin bears with hair hearts.
Resin bears with hair hearts.
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In order to make the neck pieces, Hawthorn uses only about one-third of an ounce (10 milliliters) of milk and then outs it through a double boiling method. Once it’s heated, she adds preservation powder and leaves it out to dry. Once the powder is dry, it’ll turn flaky, and she’ll grind it down until it turns into a powder.

Hawthorn boils breastmilk to begin the process of turning it into jewelry.
Hawthorn boils breastmilk to begin the process of turning it into jewelry.
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She also revealed that she has made keepsakes out of hair, baby teeth, pet hair and ashes, as well.

Of course, she’s not the first mama to turn breastmilk into a bijoux business. The Post spoke to a New Jersey mom in 2016 who makes similar breast milk jewelry, so moms can “preserve the sweetest, closest moments” with their little ones, while a Florida mother uses umbilical stumps to make glitzy baubles for friends.

Alison Hawthorn has plans to expand her collection, too.
Alison Hawthorn has plans to expand her collection, too.
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