Breast milk jewelry, you know?

Jessica Branch bought herself a special ring. Her pearls are made from her breast milk and her daughter’s hair. The young mother wanted to keep a souvenir of breastfeeding before returning to work.

Jessica Branch gave birth to her daughter ten months ago. Next, the Saint-Léolin resident wanted to breastfeed, as advised by Health Canada. However, if some women breastfeed easily, others find it difficult to do so, especially during the first few weeks.

“At first, I felt helpless,” Ms Branch says. Overnight, I had the role of my mother and had new things to learn to meet the vital needs of a child. At first he wasn’t holding him well and was crying, but I couldn’t quite understand why. I was producing a lot of milk and it was painful.”

The 30-year-old had to gain self-confidence. She also had to get to know her baby and vice versa. In short, she had to persevere.

“Breastfeeding is often portrayed in society as easy, beautiful, and natural,” says Branch. It’s okay it’s hard, but it’s often hidden. It presses! Why can’t I understand my baby crying?


Her efforts allowed her to be rewarded with a sense of accomplishment and pride while breastfeeding. She talks about the happiness she felt on an emotional roller coaster at that time in her life.

“There was a great side! I had very beautiful moments that I shared with my child stuck to me, to see how my woman’s body can produce the milk that makes my daughter live,” Ms Branch recalls.

The elementary school teacher will return to her job in September. So she wanted to preserve the memories of her first months with her baby. She had a few pictures of her. I found a solution thanks to two friends who bought jewelry from artisan Buckshaw: Caroline Dugway.


Under the brand La Précieuse – Breastmilk and jewelry brand DNA, it sells rings, pendants, necklaces, earrings and bracelets with breast milk, but also sells extracts of umbilical cords, ashes, hair and animal hair.

“I was amazed, I didn’t know it was possible,” Ms Branch recalls. These are meaningful gems, very sentimental. I liked the idea.”

Mrs. Branch ordered Mrs. Dogway to make a ring made of her breast milk and her daughter’s hair. She brought him the materials, then was able to keep herself informed of all the stages of making the piece.

“I’ve received the pictures,” she says. I felt like I was part of the process.”

Ms. Dugway offers this experience to each of her clients, whom she asks for advice during the few months that her creations take.

“I receive milk from the customer [la plupart du temps] Mrs. Dugway explains, by post, she powdered it, mixed it with resin and poured it into a mold (it could be a heart, a ball, etc.). People should talk to me so I can really personalize what I do.”

New in NB

The former Caraquet dental assistant has been making dentures for three years. It all started with her pregnancy, as she saw the presence of breast milk jewelry on social media. She ordered one, then, pleased with the results, trained with an Australian to create one herself.

“I sell it online all over the world, especially in Quebec, France, Switzerland and Ontario. In New Brunswick, it starts off quietly. It’s better known elsewhere,” says Ms. Dugway, who outlines communication with her clients on Messenger and via email.

The US and Australia have been pioneers in making breast milk jewelry, according to a 2017 La Presse article. Many artisans make this type of thing in France as well.

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