Breastfeeding, to me is such a natural and normal thing for me as my mum has always shared how she breastfed and take care of us. Naturally, making a breastmilk keepsake has never come across to my mind. Because, 10 years ago, it wasn’t a popular thing. During our time, the popular keepsake gifts are Tai Mao Bi (胎毛笔), baby hand/footprint.
As the years go by, the trend of baby keepsakes has evolved from hand/ footprint to breastmilk keepsakes. An accessory that we can wear daily or even pass down to our kids as an heirloom. A special, meaningful heirloom to remind us of our breastfeeding or pregnancy journey or even remind us of the people who might not be with us anymore.
My dream was to have 4 kids, so when Xiaomei came along, I knew my “mission” is accomplished! Haha.. when I stop breastfeeding, this will ‘probably’ be the last time, that is when I decided that it’s time to do my breastmilk keepsake.
Trust me, I’m not a die-hard breastmilk advocate, even though I’ve had a good supply, but my breastfeeding journey wasn’t a breeze. All the sleepless nights, mastitis, and I have to hire a lactation massage lady to massage my hard rock boobs without cursing and swearing. No doubt that I love the bonding, but I really don’t like the “negative” stuff that comes with it.
But compared to those worse cases, I’m still considered fortunate enough. Hence, turning my breastmilk into a piece of jewelry is a natural thing to do, as a memory to remind me of my breastfeeding journey and a pat on my back that I managed to do it.
Breastmilk Keepsake By Ryo
I did a baby hair calligraphy brush for my 4 kids, because, it’s a Chinese tradition, it’s normally the way of doing it, but I wanted something that the kids can wear and a special story that I could tell and keep for memory. So I’ve had my breastmilk keepsake done by Keepsake By Ryo. I fell in love at first sight with their Jade collection.
It did come across my mind to do my own or DIY but what I was worried about is it may change colour or grow mould over time. I decided to leave it to the specialists since they a chemist to formulate a secret breastmilk preservation method so that our breastmilk keepsake will not rot, decay or discolour over time. I definitely don’t want that to happen.
I’m planning to do more because I realized I still have 2 more packets of leftover frozen breastmilk. So addictive to receive a piece of jewellery that is a part of your memory.
Whether you are breastfeeding or a pumping mother, having a keepsake jewelry helps us, mothers, to celebrate and embrace our motherhood journey. Even so for formula-fed mothers too, you can even use your baby hair or umbilical cord as a keepsake too. This keepsake privilege does not apply to only breastfeeding mothers, so keep your choices open and don’t be too hard on yourself. If you are a low supply mother, don’t worry about that, because they just need 20mls of your breastmilk to make 1 keepsake.
Even if breastmilk keepsakes are not your thing, you can also do engraving of your baby’s photo on your choice of jewelry.
A keepsake is a very special thing to remind us of a person, a journey, or a memory. There is a story behind every piece of jewelry, what’s yours?
You can check out the detailed guide on how to order your keepsake.