Title

Ingestion of Steamed and Dehydrated Placenta Capsules Does Not Affect Postpartum Plasma Prolactin Levels or Neonatal Weight Gain: Results from a Randomized, Double‐Bind, Placebo‐Controlled Pilot Study

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-18-2019

Publication Title

Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health

First page number:

1

Last page number:

8

Abstract

Introduction: Clinical studies conducted in the early to mid‐twentieth century, and recent self‐reports by some maternal placentophagy practitioners, suggest that human maternal placentophagy improves breast milk quality and quantity, although little research has evaluated this claim. Some placentophagy providers and advocates suggest that increased prolactin levels after placenta ingestion could account for the purported lactation benefits. The current study was conducted to evaluate these claims by comparing plasma prolactin levels of women consuming steamed, dehydrated, and encapsulated placenta with those of women consuming a placebo. Neonatal weight gain was also compared between the 2 groups ... see full text for complete abstract

Keywords

Encapsulated placenta; Placentophagia; Placentophagy; Postpartum supplement

Disciplines

Biochemical Phenomena, Metabolism, and Nutrition | Obstetrics and Gynecology | Women's Health

Language

English

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