I was on www.mothering.com looking at blog articles and I saw an ad for Indigo Willow. I don’t usually click on ads. But, it was an interesting name with a picture of a beautiful piece of jewelry so I did.
I’ve been in the health/birth/mothering community a long time, but I have never seen anything like what they are selling on this website!
At first I thought: Ew! Won’t it get rotten?
But the mommy milk is in an airtight container and nobody is drinking it, so I got over that pretty quickly. Once I looked at the FAQ section on the website though, I realized this is a real concern that is addressed by the company.
Then I thought of was how much I’d been looking forward to bonding with Kalis as I breastfed her and how heart-wrenching it was when my milk came in. I thought about donating it, but I just wanted the milk to be gone as quickly as possible. It dripped for days and days despite the binding and the herbs I was taking.
Then I thought how nice it would have been to take some of that milk and use it in a keepsake. After all, I made it for Kalis. What a beautiful way to remember her.
I am currently in a breastfeeding relationship with Kalis’ younger sibling. I do my best to stay present, but I know it will eventually end. Perhaps I will get a keepsake this time around. It will be to honor the beauty and the struggles of our breastfeeding journey and the bittersweetness of the end of that phase in my baby’s life, when it does eventually happen.
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