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Preserving Breastmilk with Milky Mama Magic Dust™

Preserving Breastmilk with Milky Mama Magic Dust™

Preserving Breastmilk with Milky Mama Magic Dust™ or using breastmilk substitute such as formula or plant milks. You’ll need a pack of Milky Mama Magic Dust™ or one of our one of our DIY breastmilk jewellery kits and a few simple supplies to make breastmilk jewellery and you can add little extras to personalise your clients’ pieces. 

We include the PDF downloadable instructions with the breastmilk kits for preserving the milk but we totally recommend you join The Breastmilk Jewelry E-Course (click here) from Amy – The Breastmilk Queen, then you will receive a 30% discount on the dust.

Preserving Breastmilk with Milky Mama Magic Dust™

Send your client a breastmilk sending kit, see our international buying guides for the kits – UKUSAAustralia and Canada (more countries coming soon)

You’ll need the following supplies

*Some of the supplies in this Preserving Breastmilk with Milky Mama Magic Dust™ blog are optional, such as the double boiler and the silica drying gel.

PREPARING THE BREASTMILK

Make sure your client has sent in the right amount of milk
We recommend asking them to send two small tubes each with around 5ml milk. If your client has low supply you may ask them to keep the second tube in their own freezer at home, in case the first is lost in the post. If you burn the milk, for example, you can then ask them to send the second tube.
You can also ask them to send 15ml in a milk storage bag; ask them to measure the milk in a bottle and not to rely on the markings on the bag because they can be deceptive
When a bag of milk arrives, divide it into two small bags and label it with the client’s name and order number so you can keep one back in the freezer

 

PRESERVING THE BREASTMILK

Put boiling water in the bottom saucepan
Double check your client’s name and order number and put the tube in the water to defrost for a minute
Remove the milk and give it a gentle shake
Bring the water to a simmer
Put the top bowl on the saucepan and add the breastmilk
Add the powder and immediately begin to stir
It will thicken quickly, especially if it’s too hot 
Take it off the heat when it’s thick and don’t let it dry out

DRYING THE PRESERVED BREASTMILK

Spread the preserved wet milk paste onto the label backing paper or baking parchment labelled with the client’s name and order number
Leave this to dry somewhere safe. It depends on the humidity and temperature of the room as to how long this takes, anywhere from 24 hours to a few days
When Preserving Breastmilk with Milky Mama Magic Dust™ I like to place the sheet in a bowl over silica drying beads (this can be fine or coarse)
The drying gel will remove the moisture quickly and the gel can be refreshed in the oven from time to time to remove moisture
Clean the bowl or bain marie

GRINDING THE PRESERVED DRIED BREASTMILK

Put a small amount of the preserved dried breastmilk flakes, as much as you will need for the client’s order, into a clean white pestle and mortar
Grind it as finely as you can.  The finer it’s ground, the better it will suspend in the resin and the more opaque the piece will look
Put the rest of the dried milk into a double-sealed bag labelled with the client’s name and order number, along with a silica sachet and reserve

LEFTOVER BREASTMILK

Please keep the remaining frozen breastmilk as a backup, we recommend two years
At Tree of Opals we had a small under-counter freezer which was plently large enough to store three years worth of breastmilk (thousands of 10ml tubes)
If you allow your clients to send in large bags of milk, such as 10oz full-to-the-brim bags, you will quickly run out of room
If you send clients a breastmilk sending kit with two pre-labelled tubes, they will always be neat, well-labelled and organised
If you are charging the client a preservation fee you may agree to send them the rest of the dried preserved milk, but most artists keep it in as a second back-up in case they need to remake the piece in the future

WORKING WITH BREASTMILK POWDER

You can work with breastmilk as you would any powdered substance like cremation ashes or resin sparkle mix
If you’re working with epoxy resin you can pre-mix it in a 20ml disposable shot glass or reusable silicone mixing pot, then use a pipette to transfer it into the mould
If you’re working with UV resin, you can mix a little of the powder with resin on label backing paper with a lollipop stick to form a paste, then fill your mould with resin and add the paste
You might like to add a bit of sparkle like our unicorn white resin sparkle mix

UV resin is much faster, but there’s an increased risk of yellowing especially with clients who don’t follow the care instructions!
However, some people (like myself) are allergic to epoxy resin so we can only offer UV resin and are very strict about aftercare
Keeping the milk back for at least two years, frozen and dried, will mean you can replace any pieces that have turned due to resin issues
We’ll do some videos showing both types of resin in this series so please subscribe to our channel and hit the notifications bell

breastmilk bubble ring, classic breastmilk with dark blonde hair and subtle white gold leaf, bubble band ring, 8mm cabochon
breastmilk bubble ring, classic breastmilk with dark blonde hair and subtle white gold leaf, bubble band ring, 8mm cabochon

My next video will be how to make a breastmilk bead for Pandora bracelets with a Forever In My Heart ♥ Core. I’ll be using Milky Mama Magic Dust™ and a kit which has most of the supplies you’ll need. In the future I’m also going to be doing some videos with do’s and don’ts for those of you who want to investigate your own breastmilk preservation methods. My own baby is coming in a few weeks so I’ll be showing you a video preserving my placenta, umbilical cord and colostrum and using those in jewellery.

Now relax and do some crafting

Please note, this Preserving Breastmilk with Milky Mama Magic Dust™ blog contains affiliate links meaning I receive a small income based on your purchases from Amazon and Etsy etc. This affiliate income is really helpful to me to support my family and if you’d like to know how I set it all up please get in touch (blogs coming soon!).
Nikki x

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