Breastfeeding has been a roller coaster journey for me. It started off with a climb and has been ups and downs, hardships and extreme amounts of overwhelming love and joy. I knew that breast milk jewelry was the right way to have a keepsake to represent the hours and emotional joy experienced nursing my children. When my babies are grown, I want something to hold. Something to look back on these most precious days and remember the inexplicable love I feel while nursing my baby. I’m thrilled to have this opportunity from Post Bedtime Creations and want to share my creation and tips on how to mail breast milk for breast milk jewelry and a Post Bedtime Creations coupon code! Here’s my experience and look at my samples.
When I first heard of breast milk jewelry I thought it sounded strange. When I started to think about the day I would no longer breastfeed my children, I longed for a keepsake. When I’m an old lady I want to look back and remember these days. The days I spend holding my children close, nursing, pumping for them and spending 110% of my time as a Mom. Breastmillk jewelry is the perfect keepsake because it’s made from my breastmilk! When I saw Post Bedtime Creations open applications for ambassadors I applied and was ecstatic to be chosen.
First step was collecting milk and mailing it to Angel at Post Bedtime Creations. I got out my Spectra breastpump and pumped out nearly 2 ounces. I sealed the bag and left a little air inside to provide a cushion, but not enough to burst if compressed. While you only need 1/2 an ounce, some of the smaller designs can use only a few teaspoons according to the PBC website. I double bagged my milk and found some bubble wrap I had saved in a closet. I wrapped it around my milk and headed off to the post office. While the PBC website recommended using a padded envelope, I went with a small prepaid box that came with tracking. Breastmilk isn’t something I wanted to lose in the mail, or take the chance of risking damage or destruction. The little box was around $6 and fit my bag and bubble wrap perfectly and gave me a tracking number. I marked liquid, as PBC suggests, and when the post office worker asked if I had any perishables or explosives I said no. Why? This milk is expected to perish, sort of. It’s not refrigerated, and I imagine the odor can’t be pleasant to open. I’ve discovered the breast milk bottle under the sofa before and WOW in just a few hours it can really take on a scent. However, it won’t spoil and be unusable for jewelry. I do give Angel tons of credit for opening these when they arrive!
Next step was waiting. I was anxious and felt like a small portion of me was off in the world. I checked my mailbox often and tried to be patient as time passed. Each piece is hand made and the time it takes depends on the amount of orders ahead of it, Angel’s availability and the universe. I was just thinking about the jewelry the day it arrived. I think it must have been some sort of ESP, if you believe in that, because I had nearly forgotten about it until that morning…
I opened my mailbox to find a small pink padded envelope with this blue box inside. It reminded me of a Tiffany’s box, but was holding something far more precious. I cried a little when I opened it. I didn’t know the envelope had shipped and it was the most precious discovery. The jewelry is beautiful! The pendant has small sparkles inside and I can see teeny tiny air bubbles. The quality is fantastic and despite my initial concerns, the jewelry has no odor. It’s solid, hard and if I didn’t tell you it was breastmilk jewelry I don’t think anyone would notice…except for another breastfeeding Mom that is! You can see the pendant on me below, complete with scratches from my nursling who’s new favorite hobby is pinching my chest at mealtime. I thought they went perfectly together! In addition to the pendant, you can see a breastmilk charm on my fingertip. It’s delicate and beautiful. I am unsure of my plans for it, but would love to pair it with a cross or on my charm bracelet.
Pricing varies and you can search the designs on the Post Bedtime Creations website and use code M
AMABANANA to get 10% off!! Jewelry can be made from breastmilk, hair, ashes…pretty much anything you can imagine. Please make sure to “Like” Post Bedtime Creations on facebook and follow for updates, new styles and giveaways. This would make a beautiful gift, keepsake and memento to remind me of these days. The days spent covered in snuggling babies, nursing throughout the night, fatigue, unkempt hair and love love love.