The Breastmilk Icecream controversy

11 Mar

Most people are probably aware of a London ice cream parlour’s offering of breastmilk ice cream thanks to the endless column inches dedicated to the topic. The Guardian weighs in as usual, but gains my approval because they published a piece by the woman who provides the milk for the Icecreamists ice cream parlour. There is also Zoe Williams’s article (loved her ‘Anti-Natal’ column!), which is far more informative than most other comments because she actually tastes the ice cream.

The Analytical Armadillo has written a great post about the recent breastmilk icecream outrage. What I find particularly interesting is her interpretation of the accompaniments served with the ice cream: Calpol, an Avent bottle and Bonjela. She notes that these three items are actually far more disgusting than icecream made of breastmilk – Avent contravenes the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes, Calpol contains carcinogenic colour, and Bonjela isn’t all it’s hyped up to be either. Breastmilk, on the other hand, contains vitamins, minerals and stemcells, to name just a few of its over 200 ingredients.

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