Mum Makes Soap From Breast Milk And Whole Family Use It
There's no point crying over spilt milk - and there's also no point in not using your breast milk to make soap.
That's the outlook of mum-of-two Ashley White, anyway.
The cafe worker, from Carnforth, Lancashire, UK, gave birth to daughter Mia in April and since then has built up a stockpile of 'homemade' soap, which is used by herself, husband Paul, 10-year-old Mylee and baby Mia.
Ashley, 31, said: "It was a struggle at first as Mia wouldn't latch and my milk wasn't coming in, but when it did I wanted to look into other ways of using my milk.
"My milk coming in was a huge relief so I expressed quite a bit and built up a stash in the freezer. I didn't want my milk going to waste as it felt like a real achievement.
"I had heard how breast milk products are great for eczema which my eldest daughter Mylee suffers with, so I looked up how to make the soap for her.
"My husband Paul and I only use the soaps on our hands for now, we wash Mylee and Mia's entire bodies with it, although it won't be long before we are all using it fully."
You may think this is a touch weird, but you know, they're all family, it's natural... what's the problem?
But there's an additional weird twist: after posting about her soap online, Ashley was inundated with requests from strangers asking to buy it.
Oh strangers of the internet, why do you have to be like this?
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However, Ashley is not one for waste - hence she started making the soap in the first place - and now there is a demand for her product, she reckons she may as well cash in.
She said: "I am thinking about selling the soap at the same price as other handmade soaps are selling for, which is about £3 to £4 a bar.
"The breast milk soap is meant to help with rashes, eczema, acne and sunburn to name a few - it's quite awesome really!
"I am only making the soap for now - I'm yet to make lotion, jelly and a milk bath.
"I'm 99 percent sure I will sell the soaps but haven't thought about a business name or anything like that just yet."
How about Milky Bars? Oh, wait. Damn.
If you've got loads of breast milk lying around going to waste, you could make soap like Ashley by melting glycerine in the microwave and mixing it with a half a pint of the white stuff and some essential oils.
Ashley then adds dried lavender to silicone moulds before pouring the mixture over the top and leaving it to set.
Ashley said: "I haven't had any negative backlash for making the soap out of my breast milk but I'm sure I will!
"I haven't told many people in my personal circle about it - one friend has called it 'crazy a**e soap', but my family want to buy it although I will, of course, give them it for free."
N'awww, warms your heart doesn't it?
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