Baby Booties Made From Donated Breast Milk Are Just Plain Gross

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baby bootiesNot sure what to do with your unwanted bodily fluids? Then you have to hear this idea. Why not go ahead and design a pair of baby booties made from breast milk in lieu of dumping it out in the sink?

Yes, someone really did this. British designers Nick Gant and Tayna Dean took the protein from breast milk that had been donated and turned it into a tiny pair of white, hardened baby booties.

Why on earth would they do something like that, you ask? Well, they did it to support World Breast Milk Donation Day.

Gant explains, "Turning waste material like breast milk which couldn’t otherwise be used, but which is embedded with meaning and personal history, into something new, gives the products created greater meaning and value. The aim is to highlight the importance of breast milk donation, and more broadly to challenge people’s perceptions about so-called waste products."

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Wait a minute. If the goal is to raise awareness about breast milk donation, then why didn't they make sure the milk that was donated to make the booties went to a baby in need instead of turning it into a borderline-creepy personal keepsake?

Yes, it IS creepy. And weird. And pretty gross too. A few weeks ago, when reports came out about people turning breast milk into jewelry -- I thought that was, well, odd. But since the moms wearing the jewelry had it made from their own milk, I guess I could sort of see the significance in it. But using donated breast milk to make fake booties? I'm sorry, but I really don't get it.

Sure, it's a nice gesture and it's great that they believe in this cause and want to support it. But there has to be a better way than using someone's bodily fluids as a means of encouraging others to donate their own milk. 

The couple plans on giving the booties to a donor on World Breast Milk Donation Day. And I guess we can only hope they're going back to the woman who donated the milk to make them in the first place. I mean, I know I wouldn't want someone else's breast milk sitting on a shelf in my living room -- would you?

Do you think these booties are weird or sweet?


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nonmember avatar Mamatijo

Oh, come on, it's not gross. It's just breast milk. I am sorry I read this article. Too many people making too big of a deal over silly things.

miche... micheledo

This is fu nto read! I just had to laugh. I can't imagine how grossed out we would all be if we really knew all the things that went into our products!! :D Breastmilk would probably at the bottom of the list when it comes to grossness factor!

tuffy... tuffymama

Lordy, Mary Fischer. When will you just sit on your dipshit broom the wrong way and STFU? That's gonna be a great day for humankind.

EmmaF... EmmaFromEire

I'm with you on this one. Who the fuck seriously wants booties made from coagulated proteins rather than spun fibres? 

Lilo Pelekai

It's not gross. Cows milk is the same thing... if you think about it's extended breast feeding for adults. It's milk from the breast of an animal. Just like all the other animal milks. At least it has setimental value. Something nice to put on a shelf and remind you of a bond you had with your child as a baby. Some people collect all of their children's lost baby teeth and their umbilical cord scab. It seems harmless enough. Wouldn't personally be interested in them though but if someone else decided to do so at least it will be meaningful.

Mackenzie Sue Inglet Legocki

i dont think this is right there are moms like me out there that cant produce milk some who dont want to and women who adopt some of us have a hard enough time dealing with not being able to breast feed so why should the women who can have the option of getting a pendent


Kyler... KylersMom8-16-7

Mackenzie Sue Inglet Legocki go cry to someone who cares. The reality is some can't and others can. Deal with it. That doesn't mean women shouldn't take pride in it. Also if a woman doesn't want to why would she care?

femal... femaleMIKE

I don't care if its cows milk, or  breastmilk from the virgin Mary, no thank you.  I have no desire to own booties made by any mammals milk.

leona24 leona24

WTF!!! Someone has too much time on their hands.....

MamaT... MamaTrombley

Did you even read what you, yourself wrote. IT WAS BREAST MILK THAT WASN'T FIT FOR CONSUMPTION.

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