Breast milk ice cream brings up legal, financial and social questions. Image: Flickr / mamchenkov / CC-By-SA

A specialty ice cream maker in London is creating quite the buzz with his newest product: breast milk ice cream. The ice cream is being sold for $23 per serving, despite the fact that the base product is donated. The London shop isn’t the first to consider breast milk ice cream – PETA has been suggesting it for years.

London shop selling breast milk ice cream

The breast milk ice cream, called “Baby Gaga,” in the London store The Icecreamists combines donated breast milk from 15 women with Madagascar vanilla and lemon zest. Reportedly, the ice cream is very creamy and sweet and has very little added sugar. The women who donated the raw product responded to an advertisement asking for donations. Some of the women have said they hope their donation and the ice cream encourages more mothers to nurse their babies instead of feeding them formula.

The legal and financial challenge of breast milk ice cream

In most countries, it is illegal to sell any part of the body. Blood, plasma and breast milk are all included in this prohibition. This is why the raw material for the $23-a-scoop ice cream must be donated. However, this donation likely came with compensation of some kind, much like plasma donors are compensated for their time. There are donation banks for breast milk, where mothers can donate their milk to give to infants whose mothers cannot nurse. Breast milk is also sold on the black market, where the product can go for $1.90 per ounce or more.

PETA encourages breast milk ice cream

PETA – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals – has been talking breast milk ice cream since 2008. In September of 2008, PETA sent a letter to Ben & Jerry’s Homeade Inc., maker of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, asking the company to switch from bovine milk to human milk. Ben & Jerry’s said the company does “applaud PETA’s novel approach to bringing attention to an issue, but we believe a mother’s milk is best used for her child.”


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