A London ice cream parlor called The Icecreamists is selling a frozen treat they call the “Baby Gaga.” It’s ice cream made from breast milk. When I heard about this new flavor, I threw up in my mouth a little bit.
It’s reported that Baby Gaga costs $23, but I don’t know if that’s for a pint, a cone or a gallon. The flavor is made by blending breast milk “with Madagascan vanilla pods and lemon zest.” Initially, only one mom was donating breast milk to The Icecreamists, but the shop just signed on 15 new suppliers.
35-year-old Victoria Hiley “donated a liter of her breast milk to Icecreamists, after seeing an advertisement on parenting Web site Mumsnet,” the International Business Times reports. “What’s the harm in using my assets for a bit of extra cash?,” she told the Metro. The Icecreamists pays 15 pounds for every 10 ounces of milk, which is screened by the National Health Service.
Icecreamists founder Matt O’Connor knows some patrons may be turned off by his new product, but he’s willing to take a gamble for the sake of innovation. “No-one’s done anything interesting with ice cream in the last hundred years,” he said. “Some people will hear about it and go, ‘yuck,’ but actually it’s pure, organic, free-range and totally natural.”
Free-range? I don’t know. I think a lot of new mothers feel pretty caged, don’t you? I suppose giving a toddler breast milk ice cream might be a way for mothers who stopped breastfeeding for whatever reason to continue to offer their child the health benefits. But what about adults? Would you take a lick of breast milk ice cream? Also, I wonder what Baby Gaga thinks about this whole thing…