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.

  • Instructor Bio:

    Melissa Cole is a board-certified lactation consultant, neonatal oral-motor assessment professional and clinical herbalist in private practice. Melissa is passionate about providing comprehensive, holistic lactation support and improving the level of clinical lactation skills for health professional. She enjoys researching and writing, especially on topics such tongue tie and botanical medicine. Her bachelor’s degree is in maternal/child health and lactation and her master’s degree is in therapeutic herbalism. Before pursuing her current path, Melissa’s background was in education and cultural arts, which has served her well in her work as a lactation consultant and healthcare educator. She loves living, working and playing in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her 3 children.

    Melissa Cole, MS, IBCLC

Course curriculum

  • 01
    1: Overview and Origins of Placentophagy
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    • 1.1 Overview of Placenta Medicine
    • 1.2 Placentophagy in Non-Human Mammals
    • 1.3 Placentophagy in Humans
    • Placenta Burial Rituals
  • 02
    2: Impacts of Placentophagy
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    • 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
  • 03
    3 Conclusion
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    • 3.1 Going Forward
    • 3.2 Q&A with Live Audience
    • Article: Placenta Medicine as a Galactogogue (2014)
  • 04
    Post-tests and CE / CERP Certificates
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    • MEAC Evaluation Questions
    • MEAC Post-Test and CE Certificate
    • IBLCE Post-Test and CE Certificate

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