In many communities, postpartum consumption of the placenta is increasing. What do we know about this practice from a historical and modern perspective? Amongst some, placenta medicine is considered a galactogogue, a substance that increases milk supply. What do we know about the risks and benefits of placentophagy in the postpartum period? This presentation aims to review the existing literature and evidence regarding placenta medicine, especially from a galactogogue standpoint.
Approved by MEAC for 2 hours of continuing education. Approval number M1920-52-1230DE, through January 6, 2022.
IBLCE has allocated 2 L-CERPs for this course. IBLCE verification number C1991358, through January 6th, 2021.
Melissa Cole, MS, IBCLC
- 1.1 Overview of Placenta Medicine
- 1.2 Placentophagy in Non-Human Mammals
- 1.3 Placentophagy in Humans
- Placenta Burial Rituals
- 2.1 Studies on Placentophagy and Lactation
- Article: Effect of Ingestion of Dessicated Placenta During First Eleven Days of Lactation (1918)
- Article: The Effect of the Maternal Ingestion of Desiccated Placenta Upon the Rate of Growth of Breast-Fed Infants (1918)
- Article: Placenta As A Lactagogon (1954)
- 2.2 What's In That Capsule?
- 2.3 Safety
- 3.1 Going Forward
- 3.2 Q&A with Live Audience
- Article: Placenta Medicine as a Galactogogue (2014)
- MEAC Evaluation Questions
- MEAC Post-Test and CE Certificate
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