An Idaho mother started selling creams and soaps made from breast milk online to help others deal with the effects of aging.
Britni Eddy, of Rigby, Idaho, began selling her breast milk after her husband accidentally spoiled hundreds of ounces she had expressed and was storing in a freezer.
‘When I was six or seven months postpartum, my husband was reorganizing the garage and moved our freezer. “He got distracted and didn’t plug the freezer back in, so my whole supply (of breast milk) was ruined,” Mrs Eddy said.
Desperate not to waste it, she had the idea to turn it into skincare products and began creating complex soaps that she claims help with aging, stretch marks and dry skin.
Eddy said, “The wonderful thing about breast milk soap is that you can use breast milk that’s expired in your freezer, which you can’t feed to the baby anymore, because it doesn’t lose its skin benefits if it’s expired.”
After perfecting her recipe, she launched her business, called Mama’s Magic Milk, in August. In addition to turning her own breast milk into beauty products, women can send her breast milk to Eddy and she will turn it into soaps, lotions, or diaper cream.
Ms. Eddy has also partnered with a local mother who is still breastfeeding her baby and will provide the milk if people who are not breastfeeding want to order it.
Britni Eddy, from Rigby, Idaho, with some of the soaps she has made with breast milk
Mrs. Eddy with her husband and daughter. Her business began when Mrs. Eddy reused breast milk that her husband had accidentally spoiled by turning off the freezer in which it was stored.
Shoppers can customize their order by adding essential oils like lavender or chamomile. They can opt for soap bases, such as shea butter and goat milk, and choose a shape for the soap, such as animal, rose, or heart.
Breast milk is high in fat and is therefore perfect for making creamy soap and is believed to be soothing for skin conditions such as eczema.
When people place an order and ship their breast milk, they can customize their items with added essential oils like lavender or chamomile.
They can opt for soap bases, such as shea butter and goat’s milk, and choose a shape for the soap, such as an animal, rose, or heart.
Each soap typically requires between five and six ounces of breast milk, which costs $30 for six bars. Diaper lotion and creams are priced at $15 each.
Mrs. Eddy said EastIdahoNews.com: ‘Helps with aging, wrinkles, stretch marks and dry skin. It’s not just for a baby. On a baby, it will help with diaper rash, it will help with eczema, it will help if they have any cuts, and it will help heal those sunburns.
While he acknowledges that some people may find it strange, he said, “I think people are just not educated about it.” “They don’t understand the benefits of breast milk in terms of skin care and nutrition.”
She said her husband wasn’t sure about her breast milk soap at first, but now he loves it.
Expressed breast milk can last up to four hours at room temperature, up to four days in the refrigerator and up to a year in a freezer.
If not stored properly, bacteria can grow in breast milk, which can cause vomiting or diarrhea in the baby.
Mrs Eddy said: “The wonderful thing about breast milk soap is that you can use expired breast milk in your freezer, which you can no longer feed to the baby, because it doesn’t lose its benefits for the skin if it is expired.”
Ms. Eddy has sold in Florida, New York, Arizona and Alabama.