You scream, I scream, we all scream for breast milk ice cream! Well, at least I do. Baby Gaga is the name of a new sort of treat served in the UK at a restaurant in Covent Garden that contains breast milk instead of the typical cow's milk.
Matt O’Connor runs Icecreamists, the shop serving the surprising concoction. He blends the breast milk with Madagascan vanilla pods and lemon zest, which is then freshly churned. The treat is served by a waitress sporting a Lady Gaga costume in a martini glass filled with the breast milk ice cream mix. Liquid nitrogen is poured into the glass through a syringe and it's served with a teething biscuit.
It's a little strange, but how is it any stranger than the fact that we drink cow's milk on a regular basis? Is that as normal or healthy as the milk our mothers made for us?
Women are paid $24 for 10 ounces of milk, which was a morning pumping session for me. I would have gladly donated to the cause because yum, yum!
I think the world is divided into those of us who want to try it all and those of us who are grossed out. I didn't love the taste of my breast milk, but I tried it. So did my husband. He liked it a lot, actually.
This isn't that insane a thought. In the US, we have restaurants that serve breast milk cheese and breast milk ice cream, both of which can be ordered through Mother's Milk Ice Cream Company.
I get that it's different, but why is it any grosser than essentially sucking on a cow's nipple? Isn't human breast milk better formulated for our specific needs? The dish, which costs around $22 for a bowl, probably tastes pretty similar to the ice cream I made last night for me and my children, which included whole cow's milk, whipping cream (also from a cow), and sugar. The only reason I don't want to retch just thinking about it is that it's "normal" in our culture to drink the milk of cows and goats and sheep.
Drinking breast milk isn't cannibalism or anything like it. It isn't like drinking pee or poo or blood. It's a lot more "natural" to me than chicken embryos or pig's intestines or any other dairy or meat product on the market today. For nearly four years, I lactated and fed my babies from my breast. It was the cleanest, best way for me to feed them and I loved being able to do it. I would gladly partake in Baby Gaga and hope that this trend spreads.
For those who don't like it, here's an idea: Don't eat it. Novel concept, no?
Would you eat this?
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