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Placenta Medicine as a Galactogogue: Tradition or Trend?

by Melissa Cole, MS, IBCLC
  • Duration: 60 Mins
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  • Learning Format: Webinar
  • Handout: Yes
  • Origin: GOLD Lactation 2015

For some mothers, insufficient milk supply impacts their ability to fully breastfeed their infants. Many of these mothers seek holistic options to increase their milk supply. Amongst some women, placenta medicine and/or postpartum placenta consumption as a purported galactogogue is a practice on the rise. There is some limited historical research, and more recently some phenomenological data, about the practice of placenta as a galactogogue. However little is truly known about the benefits and risks of placentophagy. Even less is known about whether or not placenta can be viewed as a galactogogue. This presentation aims to review the existing literature and purpose a further call for research in regards to placenta as a galactogogue.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Describe the historical and culture uses of placenta medicine
Objective 2: Define the difference between mammalian placenta consumption and human placenta consumption
Objective 3: List the potential benefits and risks of placenta medicine as a galactogogue

Categories: Managing Milk Supply,