Sending Inclusions


Breastmilk kits are purchased as part of your delivery cost and found in your shopping basket at checkout.

Quick answer

We only need 30 ml / 1 oz of your breastmilk for every order, irrespective of the number of items being purchased. It can be fresh or frozen. Recently expressed or years old. It makes no difference.
There are two ways for us to receive your breastmilk:
1.  By kit:  We are able to provide you with a breastmilk kit to safely mail us your breastmilk which reduces leakage. Kits can be found in your shopping basket and is as part of your delivery costs. If you are sending additional inclusions like hair or umbilical cords we will provide packaging for this too. In most cases (particularly if you are UK based) using a kit is cheaper than self mailing. 
2. Self mailing:  You can self mail your breastmilk to us using 3 breastmilk storage bags, wrapped in bubble wrap and mailed in a hard cardboard mailing box. Unfortunately bubble lined envelopes are not acceptable as it results in too much leakage and contamination. Leaked milk cannot be used and you will be requested to send another batch.
 
Breastmilk does not require special mailing, specialised courier services or refrigeration.
Regular mail through your local post office is used all over the world.

What address do I send the inclusions to?

Once you place your order with us you will receive an order confirmation with full details on how and where to send your inclusions to us.  We regret that we cannot accept inclusions without an order as the order number is used to track your inclusions once we receive it.

More information:

No preservation processes needed when sending your milk!

Whether you are in the UK or anywhere else, the same process applies when sending your inclusions.  There is no need for milk preservation processes or complicated storage requirements.  All you need is a stamp, an A5 padded envelope and two breast milk storage bags.  

There is no restriction worldwide in sending human breast milk.  I request that you send 30 ml / 1 oz and if packaged correctly, it won't result in leakage, spliiage or any questions being raised.  If you are outside the UK and you are preparing your milk for transit, you can mark it as "jewellery making material" on the CN 22 customs declaration form.  Many of my international customers have done this in the past, and no one has been prevented from sending their inclusions, irrespective of what is annotated on the declaration.

Human breast milk has amazing properties that prevents it from going off or rancid during transit.  It may not be a great idea to consume breast milk that's been travelling from across the globe , but for the purposes its being used, it is perfectly fine.  

 

Frozen breastmilk is perfectly fine

I can use any milk, fresh or frozen, recently expressed or even stored in the freezer for a few years.  It makes no difference whatsever to the creation process.  Similarly, whether you provide me with foremilk, hindmilk, milk with a high lipase content or even milk that separates and appears curdled in a short period of time, it is still usable and does not affect the appearance of your creation or the process when converting your milk.

 

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Contaminated breastmilk is a problem

Obviously, if the milk is contaminated, that causes a problem.  In our experience, when notes are placed with the milk or when marker pens are used to mark the inside milk storage bag, contamination occurs if the bag containing the milk leaks.  Similarly, if freezer bags or any non-breastmilk storage bag is used, it could cause total leakage.  Usually the leaked milk turns a shade of the paper or pen colour, which obviously needs to be discarded.  All milk that has found to have leaked through the packaging will be discarded and you will be required to send a new batch.

 

Sending your inclusions

It's your responsibility to mail your inclusions to us at the the address listed at the bottom of this message.  We do not cover the cost of mailing inclusions.  If you are sending more than one inclusion, please follow the guidance in point 8 below. 

Our address will be provided to you once you've placed your order with us.

1.  Breastmilk

Note:  due to an increase of leaked breastmilk and the risk of contaminating other customers' inclusions, self posting using bubble lined or paper envelopes are no longer acceptable.  Breastmilk leakage and contamination occurs when breastmilk storage bags are over filled (more than the required 30 ml is sent), using incorrect bags (like coin bags or freezer bags) or not following our guidance in posting breastmilk.  Not only does it create a contamination risk to the breastmilk being sent, it also contaminates all other mail in the delivery process.  

Most importantly, it poses a health risk to anyone who comes into contact with the contaminated parcel, including all the parties in the delivery chain.  We are sure you can appreciate that breastmilk, as a biological substance, can cause a health issue for anyone who comes into contact with it. ​

Any breastmilk that has leaked will be considered contaminated and will not be considered suitable for usage.  You will be required to resend your breastmilk to us.

To mail your breastmilk to us, it is advisable to visit your local post office, rather than using a specialised courier companies like DHL or FedEx.

 

1.1  Breastmilk kit purchase

Guidance and all the relevant storage containers will be provided in your kit and you will be given clear instructions on how to send your breastmilk and other inclusions to us.

UK customers:  kits are mailed using Royal Mail's 1st Class service.  Return postage is included in the cost.  Delivery aim is next day but it can take up to 15 working days to arrive.

European customers:  delivery of your kit will take approximately 3-5 working days to arrive but it can take up to 25 working days.  No tracking is available.  Return postage of your inclusions is not included in the cost.  Visit your local post office and purchase sufficient stamps to cover the weight and size of the parcel.  Attach your stamps, sign and date the CN22 customs declaration on the reverse of the envelope and drop it in your nearest mail box.

Rest of the world:  delivery of your kit will take approximately 5-10 working days to arrive but it can take up to 25 working day.  No tracking is available.  Return postage of your inclusions is not included in the cost.  Visit your local post office and purchase sufficient stamps to cover the weight and size of the parcel.  Attach your stamps, sign and date the CN22 customs declaration on the reverse of the envelope and drop it in your nearest mail box.

1.2  Self posting - PLEASE MAIL YOUR BREASTMILK IN A CARDBOARD MAILING BOX, NOT A CARDBOARD ENVELOPE OR A BUBBLE LINED ENVELOPE

1.2.1  You will need THREE breast milk storage bags with double grip seals. Please do not use freezer bags, sandwich bags, coin bags or any other sealable bags.

1.2.2  If frozen, thoroughly defrost your milk.

1.2.3  Add 30 ml of your breastmilk to one breastmilk storage bag (measured beforehand).  Please send ONLY 30 ml of your breastmilk, irrespective of the number of items being ordered.  You will be contacted if more milk is needed. 

1.2.4  Ensure that both seals are firmly engaged by checking for leaks if pressure is placed on the bag.  

1.2.5  Roll the breastmilk into a sausage shape and place it in the second breastmilk storage bag. Engage the seals and check for leaks..

1.2.6  Roll the double bagged breastmilk up and place it in the THIRD breastmilk storage bag. Engage the seals and check for leaks.

1.2.7  Mark the THIRD bag with with your name and order number.  Do not add any notes or pieces of paper inside bags number one and two.

1.2.8  Remove all air before sealing the bag.  Ensure that both grip seals are firmly engaged. 

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1.2.9  Protect your breastmilk with bubble wrap and mail it to us in a HARD CARDBOARD MAILING BOX. Mark the contents as "jewellery making material"  and mail it to the address at the end of this message.

NOTE:  To avoid delays in processing your order, please ensure that the correct amount is sent.  

2.  Lock of hair, human or animal

Place a large pinch of clean, unknotted hair approximately 3 cm in length inside a clean grip seal plastic bag, ensuring it remains together as one piece as much as possible.  Mail your hair in an envelope to us. 

3.  Umbilical cord

Secure your dried umbilical stump inside a clean plastic grip seal bag, which is marked with with your name and order number.  Mail it in a bubble lined envelope to us. 

4.  Encapsulated placenta

Place two encapsulated placenta pills inside a plastic grip seal bag, which is marked with your name and order number. Mail it in a bubble lined envelope to us. 

5.  Cremation ashes

Secure one teaspoon of your cremation ashes in a plastic grip seal bag, which is marked with with your name and order number.  Mail it in an envelope to us. 

6.  Sand

Secure one teaspoon of sand in a plastic grip seal bag, which is marked with with your name and order number.  Mail it in an envelope to us. 

7.  Teeth, cloths, clothes, ribbons, wedding favours

Secure your inclusions in a plastic grip seal bag, which is marked with with your name and order number.  Please soak teeth in bleach for 45 minutes before drying and posting it.  Mail it in an envelope to us. 

8.  Sending multiple inclusions

Follow the guidance above when preparing your inclusions.  If your order includes breastmilk and non breastmilk inclusions, please send the breastmilk separately from all other inclusions.  All other non-breastmilk inclusions can be sent together.