Breast milk ice cream? Really? The Icecreamists, an ice cream parlour in London’s Covent Garden, recently hit the headlines with the launch of a new ice cream flavour called Baby Gaga, which consists of human breast milk blended with vanilla pods and lemon zest. Yum? – perhaps for those who have a ‘sucking on mother’s milk’ type fetish.
Earlier this week, the Baby Gaga ice cream was, however, confiscated by Westminster City Council over fears it could lead to viruses such as hepatitis being spread. And to confound matters for the avant-garde ice cream parlour, pop star Lady Gaga has not only criticised the product as “nausea-inducing” but reportedly told the parlour to change the name of the ice cream so that it can in no way be linked to her name or image, or a legal suit will be launched against The Icecreamists.
As an ex-breast feeder, there is no way that I would ever ingest breast milk ice cream but I would not be adverse to selling my breast milk for others to enjoy. Before health officials confiscated the ice cream, the parlour had been paying lactating mothers £15 per third of a lire of breast milk they provided, after an advert was placed on the popular Mumsnet internet forum. Metro.co.uk reports that the ice cream went on sale at least week after donations from 15 mothers and became an immediate hit, selling out in a day, and another 200 woman were said to have stepped forward to help donate their breast milk for the controversial flavour before the health officials stepped in. Hello! What an awesome way to make money – pick me!
My main question when it comes to breast milk ice cream is this: the flavour of breast milk is usually affected by what a woman eats, so if I eat something that makes my milk spicy or salty, surely that taste will come through in the Baby Gaga ice cream – which would be gross…
…as if breast milk ice cream could get any grosser.