Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Mummy Must Have Review | Baby Bee Hummingbirds

When I look back on my journey to motherhood and the first few months, breastfeeding is one of the only things that worked for us without a huge battle. I had a difficult road to conceiving, a pregnancy plagued with problems and a complicated birth experience, but breastfeeding just seemed to work. At least for a couple of weeks until we had issues develop from her allergies. Still when I look back I have nothing but fond memories of our time breastfeeding and I will cherish and hold onto those memories for years to come.

I was recently contacted and asked if I'd like to review a breastmilk gem made by Baby Bee Hummingbirds. Breastmilk gems are created using breastmilk and resin to preserve the milk and then jewellery fittings are added to make it into a pendant, ring or earrings to create a one of a kind keepsake piece. It seems to be the latest trend in jewellery for mums, although is considered by some to be quite controversial.

I so wish I was still breastfeeding so I could've had a gem made for myself, but our breastfeeding journey ended quite a few months ago. I'm really intrigued by breastfeeding jewellery products though, as I'm sure a lot of other people are, so I enlisted my good friend Megan to trial the process for me and have a gorgeous gem created for her. Here's her feedback about the process and the gem.

I had been thinking about getting a Milk Gem made and was so excited when Toni offered me the opportunity. I was a little unsure how the whole process would work but Baby Bee Hummingbirds made it so easy sending out a very detailed Questions and Answers sheet and a step by step guide of what to do. 

The night before I pumped a small amount of milk (it was meant to be 30 ml but I was a little over zealous and had 60ml) poured it in a zip lock bag and the next day went to the post office to post it off. Then I waited for the gem to be made.

Baby Bee Hummingbirds Heart Breastmilk Gem

I received my beautiful Milk Gem pendant and it is gorgeous! I was very excited to receive it in the post. I love how it looks like a piece of jewellery but has such special meaning behind it. Every time I look at the gem it brings all sorts of memories not only of breastfeeding but how much my little boy has grown, how tough but incredibly rewarding the newborn stage is and as every mother knows how fleeting the baby stage is.

Silver Heart Bezel Breastmilk Gem by Baby Bee Hummingbirds

Baby Bee Hummingbirds Breastmilk Gem in bowl

Baby Bee Hummingbirds Gem with baby

My partner was also fascinated by the process and how the milk gem is so flat and doesn't look like the gem is placed inside the heart, but looks like its all one piece.

I am extremely happy with my gem and would recommend Baby Bee Hummingbird to any of my breastfeeding friends who want a beautiful keepsake to treasure.

As you can see from her comments above, my friend was delighted with her gem when it arrived and thought the process was very easy and well explained. I have to say I am somewhat jealous that she now has a gorgeous gem to keep as a token of her breastfeeding journey and I don't (but I'm also really happy for her and glad I was able to pass the opportunity onto her). I know there are some who think that breastmilk jewellery is controversial or "gross" because the thought of wearing a bodily fluid freaks them out, but I see it as so much more than the literal, physical product. To me (and Megan) the gems represent memories, love, contentment and are a reminder of such an amazing time in our lives as mothers. I will definitely look into having one made in the future if we're lucky enough to have another baby.

Baby Bee Hummingbirds website

Baby Bee Hummingbirds is run by Amy who is a midwife and mother of three. Amy uses her individual preservation techniques to create unique and exclusive gems. She can create gems from breastmilk or encapsulated placenta/ umbilical stump and has recently added the option of including a personal photo within your gem. She can create a variety of different styles of pendants, rings and earrings. If you'd like to create your own gem you can use the code BBH20 when ordering at www.babybeehummingbirds.com.au to get 15% off all purchases

Would you ever consider getting a breastmilk jewellery piece made?
Do you think its controversial, or do you love the idea?


Toni x

*Disclosure - I was not paid for this review. All opinions expressed in this review are the honest opinions of my friend after personal experience with the ordering process and product.

*This post contains affiliate links which means I get a small % of the sale price if you make a purchase, but it does not affect the price you pay.


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31 comments:

  1. Aww, I love that! I wish I had something like that. I miss breastfeeding so much!

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  2. I love the idea and find it very meaningful. Wish there was something like this when I was breastfeeding my girl too..

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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    1. You always seem to find out about the cool stuff after you could use it hey. I'm glad we're planning on having more kids so I'll be able to get one one day.

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  3. I'm having a piece made for my birthday- I think it's beautiful :)

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  4. Elsa Booty I am still breastfeeding and this is just lovely thinking I could keep something like this to remember such and amazing time in my life is just amazing I love

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  5. I just shared my Post Natal Depression story on my blog. Most of that battle came from the struggle I had to breast feed. Although I personally would not like a BM Gem I can see the nice idea behind it. I never expected to feel so warm and fuzzy about breastfeeding, but man did it suck me in to be sucked. haha! I wanted to have that experience with my baby so badly.

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    1. Yep I totally get how it sucks you in!

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  6. What a great idea! I might have to pump myself a gem!
    I have always wanted to have my Grandmother's ashes made into a diamond! There's a company in the US who do this and they are stunning (albeit expensive.)

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    1. I know there are some places here in Aus that make ashes into gems as well but a diamond sounds cool.

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  7. After the battle I have had this time around with breastfeeding (number 5) I am seriously loving this idea as a keepsake in memory of the 5 boys and their breastfeeding journeys. #teamIBOT

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  8. Hi again,

    I tried to use the code, but it came back with an error.

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    1. I'll look into it for you Sophie.

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    2. Sophie the code was mistyped when emailed to me - it should be BBH20

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    3. Thanks, but now it doesn't show any discount when applied.

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    4. I think it might be teething problems with her website, it was just launched recently. Easiest way would probably be to email your order request directly to Amy at info.babybeehummingbirds@gmail.com and she can work it out for you and send an invoice :)

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    5. I just tried it myself and it seemed to apply the discount for me, but if you're still having problems send it to the email address above :)

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    6. Yep it seems to be working now. Thanks.

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  9. Thanks so much Toni for giving me the opportunity. For anyone who is thinking of pumping themselves a gem def do it, it is a very special treasure

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  10. This is so interesting Toni. I'm bf Phoebe at the moment. The heart looks gorgeous. Why is their controversy over wearing a milky gem?

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    1. I have no idea. I guess anything new and different is considered controversial?

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  11. When I read the title of this post I assumed that you were going to talk about the jewellery mums wear for baby's to chew on. I own a few of them and love them. I love this idea too. I am breastfeeding my three year old still. I have been breastfeeding for over eight years straight now, and am reluctant to have this stage over. I am worried that this may be my last baby, that every breastfeed will be the last. I am so glad when she asks (only every other day). I would love to buy this necklace to remember this stage. I also like the idea that this could become a heirloom piece too. xS

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    1. I have lots of teething jewellery and I love it, she chews on it all the time. I love the idea of the gem being an heirloom piece!

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  12. This is really interesting. I've never heard of them before.They look quite beautiful and I can see what a special memento they would be. Meanwhile Toni, I've been wanting to tell you this all day but not had time. You were in my dream last night. I think it was because one of the last things I saw before I went to bed was you with Hayley sleeping on Facebook or you talking about getting a good sleep or something. Anyway, in the dream I called you up and your partner answered. He said that you couldn't come to the phone right now because you were asleep and I thought thank God for that Toni is asleep. And that my friend is the end of the dream. Random or what?!

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    1. So weird! I dreamt about you, Lauren and Emily one night after I read that you were going to Zanni's lunch thing. I tagged along with you but then all these obstacles kept getting thrown up at me to stop me being let in etc. I think my conscience knew I hadn't paid to be there lol.

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  13. I have never seen this done before! Very interesting. I'm not sure if it is something that I personally would have done, or felt the need to but I can see how it would resonate with people x

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    1. I only heard about it in the last few weeks myself and the idea seems to have taken off recently. I think its nice for people to have the option to do something like this if they want to :)

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