In today’s post, I want to think with you about something that’s a bit controversial, and that is consuming your placenta. Whoa! Stick with me here! Even `tho this sounds….well…..weird, there is more here than meets the eye.
Yep. I’m talking about consuming part or all of that big, bloody, blobby thing that you have after your baby comes out. When they told me there was something else coming out after my baby, I was like, “What? Really?” Then out came my placenta.
Before we go any further, I am going to give a disclaimer. I’m not a doctor and if I were, I would probably say, “Don’t eat that. That’s gross. There are no medical studies. Blah, blah, blah.” Anyway, I’m not a doctor and you need to know that I kind of err a bit more towards the “crunchy” side of things.
You Want Me to Eat My Placenta???
When I first heard about dehydrating my placenta, it was in preparation for the birth of our first daughter. The midwives asked if I was interested in consuming my placenta, and I was like, “You want me to eat what?”
Afterwards, I went home to research it and found claims that stated eating your placenta could potentially help with energy levels, breast milk supply, mood swings and postpartum depression. I’m like, “Okay, this sounds pretty good because I don’t know what I’m getting myself into, but I’m betting I’m going to be tired.”
As a result, working through the midwives I had a lady encapsulate my placenta. There’s a couple of different ways you can consume your placenta and encapsulation was the least weird way I could think of.
How Does This Work?
Basically your placenta is dehydrated, then pulverized into a fine powder, put it into the little gel capsules…..and you take them with a glass of water or liquid. I did it with our first daughter, and I also did it with our second daughter. (We were planning a hospital birth with our second daughter, but to our surprise she arrived at home!)
With our first daughter there were some other issues at play, and I didn’t finish taking the placenta capsules as long as I would have liked to have taken them. I had other medical issues, so I stopped. I’m bummed because I wish I could say I had this great experience.
With our second daughter, I decided to do the same thing with the placenta, and now I have only a few capsules left. I also decided to do a tincture. Basically, that is a strip of the placenta diced and steeped in a high-grade vodka. It’s supposed to do the same thing the pills do. It’s just a different way to consume the placenta.
What It Did For My Milk Supply…
While taking the placenta capsules, one thing I’ve noticed, like really noticed, is what it did for my milk supply. In a recent post, I talked about my overactive letdown. I was thinking, “Okay, do I really need to take these capsules if I have overactive let down? Do I really need help with my milk supply?”
I did more research and I found an article by a woman who was concerned about the same topic. She says that ingesting her placenta capsules actually seemed to help calm her overactive letdown. So, I thought, “Okay, well, let’s see what happens.”
….and My Letdown
I noticed, awesomely enough, that my letdown was not quite as abrupt or fire-hose-ish. There’s a pins-and-needles feeling when your milk letdown, and mine wasn’t nearly as intense. I’m excited about the fact that it helped and I’m sure my kiddo is probably happy about it, too.
If you are considering this, I would encourage you to do the research. It’s not for everybody and I know there are definite opinions about it in the medical community. However, if you’re interested, I suggest taking a look around on the `Net. Here are a couple of links to help you get started:
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