Why Lactation Consultants Are Wrong About Placenta Encapsulation

Whenever someone shows me a negative article about placenta encapsulation, my first question is: did a lactation consultant publish that? (I love you LCs I’m sorry).

Why are these negative pieces most likely published by lactation consultants?

Lactation support professionals think they are seeing causal trends when they are actually witnessing self-selection.

The type of mother who values natural infant feeding is also likely to be the type of mother who sees value in natural solutions such as placental encapsulation.

The type of mother who values natural infant feeding and a positive breastfeeding relationship enough to struggle and even pay for support is likely very naturally-minded and perhaps more likely to have paid another birth pro to encapsulate their placenta.

These mothers have self-selected.

When lactation support professionals say: “a high percentage of mothers coming to us have consumed their placenta!” this doesn’t mean the placenta consumption caused the low milk supply.

Their articles often continue only to prove the author has no understanding of pharmacokinetics or the biotransformation of hormones.

Robert Tisserand is constantly losing it with people making this exact logical fallacy mistake with oils safety. (And he is the international specialist on essential oil safety—he literally wrote the textbook on it). He says this: “There is a tendency to cite screening data from dermatology clinics as if it represented risk to the general population, but this is a misrepresentation. People are at dermatology clinics because they have skin problems.”

Mothers are seeing lactation consultants because they have lactation problems. Some of those mothers will have also consumed their placenta. The relationship isn’t causal until it is proved to be so.

You can’t take make antidotal evidence out of self-selected group of people who are having problems and then look for common characteristics among them, find one, and claim it’s causing the problem.

What about the antidotal evidence from hundreds of thousands of mothers across the United States who are enthusiastic about the benefits they’ve experienced from placental consumption? The 2013 study, “Human Maternal Placentophagy: A Survey of Self-Reported Motivations and Experiences Associated with Placenta Consumption” gathered the self-reported benefits mothers experienced with placental consumption.

Here are some reported benefits of postpartum placental consumption from mothers:

  1. Alleviated postpartum bleeding
  2. Enhanced uterine involution (uterus return to pre-pregnancy size)
  3. Improved and accelerated healing and recovery
  4. Reduced maternal postpartum pain
  5. Prevention or treatment of anemia
  6. Improved lactation
  7. Facilitated bonding with newborn
  8. Increased strength and vitality
  9. Accelerated weight loss postpartum
  10. Prevention and relief of headaches
  11. Treatment and prevention of hypothyroidism
  12. Replenishment and regulation of hormones
  13. Improved quality of sleep
  14. Increased libido[i]

While benefits like “improved mood” are hard to quantify—mothers are consistently reporting this, calling their placenta doses “happy pills,” and noting that even their small children can tell when they skip pills. (So sweet!) Scientists are continuing to discover the numerous compounds in the placenta that produce these consistently perceived results.

So far, we are aware that the placenta is rich in the following:

  • Minerals, trace elements, and vitamins
  • Iron and Selenium
  • Oxytocin
  • Prostaglandin
  • Prolactin and Human Placental Lactagon (hPL)
  • Progesterone
  • Vitamin B6
  • Stem Cells
  • Indoleamines
  • Opioids/ Placental Opioid-Enhancing Factor (POEF)
  • Serotonin
  • Corticotropin-releasing hormone
  • Thyroid-Releasing Hormone (TRH) and Thyroxine

But let’s just look at prolactin because that’s the hormone supposedly causing lactation problems.

Prolactin is a valuable hormone secreted by the placenta that increases milk production.[ii] “Progesterone, estrogen, and placental lactogen, as well as prolactin, cortisol, and insulin, appear to act in concert to stimulate the growth and development of the milk-secreting apparatus.”[iii]

Not only does the placenta contain orally-active prolactin, but consuming placental prolactin also boosts the production of prolactin from the pituitary and ovarian secretion sites.[iv]

In one study, 86% of mothers who were given dehydrated placenta saw increased milk secretion.[v] Numerous other studies also confirm statistically significant increases in breast milk production due to placental consumption.[vi]

Weight-loss associated with lactation has been consistently found in studies for decades. A study from The University of Michigan reported: “It is evident that the recovery from the postnatal decline in weight is hastened by the consumption of milk produced under the influence of maternally ingested placenta”—and that discovery was stated back in 1918![vii]

Studies since then have only confirmed what mothers know through personal experience and… common sense.

While research studies continue to discover and confirm the medicinal benefits of the placenta, many therapeutic properties are not yet fully understood.[viii] Further research needs to be done to find out what bioavailable substances in the placenta can be absorbed when taken orally, and how at-home preparation methods affect these benefits.

In the meantime, if you see any happy goats or Sonoma County party poopers, post this article in the comments with my best regards for their service to newborn mothers and my best wishes for better marketing campaign ideas.

[i] List Adapted From Jodi Selander , Allison Cantor , Sharon M. Young & Daniel C. Benyshek (2013): Human Maternal Placentophagy: A Survey of Self-Reported Motivations and Experiences Associated with Placenta Consumption, Ecology of Food and Nutrition, 52:2, 93-115

[ii] Demura R, Odagiri E, Yoshimura M, Jibiki K, Adachi T, Shirota M, Demura H, Shizume K, Oouchi H. Placental Secretion of Prolactin, Acth and Immunoreactive Beta-Endorphin During Pregnancy. Acta Endocrinol (Copenh). 1982 May;100(1):114-9.

[iii] Cunningham F, Leveno KJ, Bloom SL, Hauth JC, Rouse DJ, Spong CY. eds. Williams Obstetrics, 23e. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2010.

[iv] Blank Ms, Friesen Hg. Effects Of Placentophagy On Serum Prolactin And Progesterone Concentrations In Rats After Parturition Or Superovulation. J Reprod Fertil. 1980 Nov;60(2):273-8.

[v] Soyková-Pachnerová E, Brutar V, Golová B, Zvolská E. Placenta As Lactagagon. Gynaecologia 138 (6): 617–27(1954), Hammett, Frederick. S. 1918. The Journal of Biological Chemistry, 36. American Society of Biological Chemists, Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, original press: Harvard University.

[vi] Grota Lj, Eik-Nes Kb (1967) Plasma Progesterone Concentrations During Pregnancy And Lactation In The Rat. J Reprod Fert 13 (1): 83–91

[vii] McNeile, Lyle G. 1918. The American journal of obstetrics and diseases of women and children, 77. W.A. Townsend & Adams, original press: University of Michigan

[viii] Mark B. Kristal, Jean M. Dipirro & Alexis C. Thompson (2012): Placentophagia in Humans and Nonhuman Mammals: Causes and Consequences, Ecology of Food and Nutrition, 51:3, 177-197

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4 weeks 22 hours ago

I love this article: Human Maternal Placentophagy: A Survey Of Self-Reported Motivations And Experiences Associated With Placenta Consumption, Ecology Of Food And Nutrition. They found that the majority (69%) of the respondents reported no negative effects from placental consumption. The majority of mothers reported no negative effects. (The single most cited negative effect was an unpleasant taste or smell.) The most cited benefit was an improved mood; the second was increased energy and decreased fatigue.[1] While benefits like “improved mood” are hard to quantify—mothers are consistently reporting this, calling their placenta doses “happy pills,” and noting that even their small children can tell when they skip pills.

Are you a spreader of placenta happy pills!? Get this awesome tee shirt from Phanganer on etsy. Oh and go read this article!

Jodi Selander , Allison Cantor , Sharon M. Young & Daniel C. Benyshek (2013): Human Maternal Placentophagy: A Survey Of Self-Reported Motivations And Experiences Associated With Placenta Consumption, Ecology Of Food And Nutrition, 52:2, 93-115

Brilliant Birth Academy

4 weeks 23 hours ago

During pregnancy, the placenta is responsible for the synthesis and secretion of many hormones, a few of which include: oxytocin, prostaglandin, progesterone, estrogens, androstenedione, dehydroepiandrosterone, human placental lactogen, human chorionic gonadotropin, placental growth hormone, and corticotrophin-releasing hormone.[1],[2],[3] It truly is a tree of life to the unborn.

[1] Di Santo, S., A. Malek, R. Sager, A. C. Andres, and H. Schneider. 2003. Trophoblast Viability in Perfused Term Placental Tissue and Explant Cultures Limited to 7–24 Hours. Placenta 24 (8–9): 882–894.
[2] Gude, N. M., C. T. Roberts, B. Kalionis, and R. G. King. 2004. Growth and Function of the Normal Human Placenta. Thrombosis Research 114 (5–6): 397–407
[3] Hall, C. St. G., T. E. James, C. Goodyer, C. Branchaud, H. Guyda, and C. J. P. Giroud. 1977. Short Term Tissue Culture of Human Midterm and Term Placenta: Parameters of Hormonogenesis.
Steroids 30 (4): 569–580.

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Brilliant Birth Academy

4 weeks 1 day ago

Our programs are designed to be as comprehensive as they are concise; first because they are designed with busy mothers in mind, secondly because our end goal is successful encapsulation services being provided to local families while you are able to sustainably provide for your own. This goal manifests in our course offerings in dynamic ways that will only expand. We holistically invest into your business training, and have ‘all inclusive’ business assets that are designed to bring increase and success to all your business offerings as a birth professional.

Discover:
Lifetime Access to the Encapsulation Certification online course even after your monthly payments end.
Legal/Contract Swipe Files and full training with legal training.
Email Scripts Swipe File: proven responses to encapsulation clients’ most common questions and objections.
Social Media Assets: 25+ designer social posts with detailed content scripts.
Social Media Content Planner: a twelve-month, birth-themed social post content planner.
Premium Done-For-You 25-piece Branding Kit with all branded assets needed for a professional placenta business launch.
Professional Media Assets Package with 5 placenta photos and 4 art prints.
A Brilliant Events Pass to any of Brilliant Birth Academy’s online events and summits.
A 40% off Brilliant Insider Coupon Code to use on ALL future course purchases with us.
Personal Coaching by the course directors; each course comes with multiple 60-minute clarity coaching opportunities.
And much more here: https://brilliantbirthacademy.com/become-placenta-encapsulator/placenta-encapsulator-re-certification-training/

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4 weeks 1 day ago

"When the baby is breastfed, the skin-to-skin contact increases the release of oxytocin, facilitating the natural delivery of the placenta."

https://www.facebook.com/2LifeDoula/photos/a.353579378086602/2221831574594697/?type=3&theater

Immediate skin-to-skin and breastfeeding is a fundamental part of birth. 🤱

When the baby is breastfed, the skin-to-skin contact increases the release of oxytocin, facilitating the natural delivery of the placenta.

It also lowers the risks of haemorrhaging.
Women's bodies are amazing. 💫
Words and #Repost @your.sacred.space
・・・
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#oxytocin
#thirdstage
#placentadelivery
#naturallabour
#naturalbirth

Brilliant Birth Academy

4 weeks 1 day ago

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. As a midwife, Bettina has developed a very natural view of life and...

Brilliant Birth Academy

4 weeks 1 day ago

At Brilliant Birth Academy, we stand for honoring birth professionals. We see ourselves as a parent institution and like most parents, we define our success by the success of those we’re investing into–our students! That passion translates into practical ways we're different:
No arbitrary deadlines for finishing your certification.
No fees for retaking your final exam.
No ‘reactivation’ fees after lapsed access.
No yearly fees for ‘certification maintenance’.
No hidden or additional fees ever.
Discover our placenta encapsulation re-certification offer here: http://www.encapsulationcertificationtraining.com/

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4 weeks 1 day ago

Ok I'm obsessed with this company. So beautiful.

Congratulations on winning our necklace in the @mommycon Mother’s Day Giveaway!
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😍😍 The last of my @mommycon Mother’s Day haul has arrived 🎉 @milkandhoneybreastmilkjewelry worked with me to create a beautiful and meaningful necklace, even without breastmilk. These colored resin “honeycomb cells” represent my daughters birthdates 💙💜💙💜 and the custom chain length makes this a piece I can wear every day of the year. Maria and Meghan were a pleasure to work with, highly recommend if you’re looking for some sentimental jewelry. Thank you!! 😘 😘 (Not an ad!!)

Brilliant Birth Academy

4 weeks 1 day ago

Many organs that have filtration abilities in the body, most notably liver is regularly and historically eaten as a particularly nutritious food. The placenta is a protective filter. It keeps out most bacteria but doesn’t have the ability to filter out viruses, drugs, or alcohol. The chorionic membrane is impenetrable to some molecular-weight drugs and toxins. The placenta also passes on the mother’s antibodies to the baby in order to keep the baby healthy for several months after birth. If the mother has acquired a natural immunity to a virus or disease, the antibodies that her body has created will be transferred to the baby via the placenta. This is the traditionally understood concept of ‘herd immunity’ operating naturally.

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4 weeks 1 day ago

Ha! The struggle is real! BBA welcomes everyone but it was designed for moms with full, beautiful lives. Our students report that our certification courses take less time than others—and not because we’re short on details.

We’ve intentionally condensed the presentation time of every course and put all the details into downloads and swipe files so you can get into service sooner (and because we’re imagining you trying to make progress at 6am on your cert with toddler fingers already reaching for you under the door). Discover our courses today. https://brilliantbirthacademy.com/

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Brilliant Birth Academy

4 weeks 22 hours ago

I love this article: Human Maternal Placentophagy: A Survey Of Self-Reported Motivations And Experiences Associated With Placenta Consumption, Ecology Of Food And Nutrition. They found that the majority (69%) of the respondents reported no negative effects from placental consumption. The majority of mothers reported no negative effects. (The single most cited negative effect was an unpleasant taste or smell.) The most cited benefit was an improved mood; the second was increased energy and decreased fatigue.[1] While benefits like “improved mood” are hard to quantify—mothers are consistently reporting this, calling their placenta doses “happy pills,” and noting that even their small children can tell when they skip pills.

Are you a spreader of placenta happy pills!? Get this awesome tee shirt from Phanganer on etsy. Oh and go read this article!

Jodi Selander , Allison Cantor , Sharon M. Young & Daniel C. Benyshek (2013): Human Maternal Placentophagy: A Survey Of Self-Reported Motivations And Experiences Associated With Placenta Consumption, Ecology Of Food And Nutrition, 52:2, 93-115

Brilliant Birth Academy

4 weeks 23 hours ago

During pregnancy, the placenta is responsible for the synthesis and secretion of many hormones, a few of which include: oxytocin, prostaglandin, progesterone, estrogens, androstenedione, dehydroepiandrosterone, human placental lactogen, human chorionic gonadotropin, placental growth hormone, and corticotrophin-releasing hormone.[1],[2],[3] It truly is a tree of life to the unborn.

[1] Di Santo, S., A. Malek, R. Sager, A. C. Andres, and H. Schneider. 2003. Trophoblast Viability in Perfused Term Placental Tissue and Explant Cultures Limited to 7–24 Hours. Placenta 24 (8–9): 882–894.
[2] Gude, N. M., C. T. Roberts, B. Kalionis, and R. G. King. 2004. Growth and Function of the Normal Human Placenta. Thrombosis Research 114 (5–6): 397–407
[3] Hall, C. St. G., T. E. James, C. Goodyer, C. Branchaud, H. Guyda, and C. J. P. Giroud. 1977. Short Term Tissue Culture of Human Midterm and Term Placenta: Parameters of Hormonogenesis.
Steroids 30 (4): 569–580.

Etsy Art by MignonandMignon
https://brilliantbirthacademy.com/placenta-encapsulator-certification-course/

Brilliant Birth Academy

4 weeks 1 day ago

Our programs are designed to be as comprehensive as they are concise; first because they are designed with busy mothers in mind, secondly because our end goal is successful encapsulation services being provided to local families while you are able to sustainably provide for your own. This goal manifests in our course offerings in dynamic ways that will only expand. We holistically invest into your business training, and have ‘all inclusive’ business assets that are designed to bring increase and success to all your business offerings as a birth professional.

Discover:
Lifetime Access to the Encapsulation Certification online course even after your monthly payments end.
Legal/Contract Swipe Files and full training with legal training.
Email Scripts Swipe File: proven responses to encapsulation clients’ most common questions and objections.
Social Media Assets: 25+ designer social posts with detailed content scripts.
Social Media Content Planner: a twelve-month, birth-themed social post content planner.
Premium Done-For-You 25-piece Branding Kit with all branded assets needed for a professional placenta business launch.
Professional Media Assets Package with 5 placenta photos and 4 art prints.
A Brilliant Events Pass to any of Brilliant Birth Academy’s online events and summits.
A 40% off Brilliant Insider Coupon Code to use on ALL future course purchases with us.
Personal Coaching by the course directors; each course comes with multiple 60-minute clarity coaching opportunities.
And much more here: https://brilliantbirthacademy.com/become-placenta-encapsulator/placenta-encapsulator-re-certification-training/

Brilliant Birth Academy

4 weeks 1 day ago

"When the baby is breastfed, the skin-to-skin contact increases the release of oxytocin, facilitating the natural delivery of the placenta."

https://www.facebook.com/2LifeDoula/photos/a.353579378086602/2221831574594697/?type=3&theater

Immediate skin-to-skin and breastfeeding is a fundamental part of birth. 🤱

When the baby is breastfed, the skin-to-skin contact increases the release of oxytocin, facilitating the natural delivery of the placenta.

It also lowers the risks of haemorrhaging.
Women's bodies are amazing. 💫
Words and #Repost @your.sacred.space
・・・
Beautiful 📸 by @olivejuicecreations
#oxytocin
#thirdstage
#placentadelivery
#naturallabour
#naturalbirth

Brilliant Birth Academy

4 weeks 1 day ago

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. As a midwife, Bettina has developed a very natural view of life and...

Brilliant Birth Academy

4 weeks 1 day ago

At Brilliant Birth Academy, we stand for honoring birth professionals. We see ourselves as a parent institution and like most parents, we define our success by the success of those we’re investing into–our students! That passion translates into practical ways we're different:
No arbitrary deadlines for finishing your certification.
No fees for retaking your final exam.
No ‘reactivation’ fees after lapsed access.
No yearly fees for ‘certification maintenance’.
No hidden or additional fees ever.
Discover our placenta encapsulation re-certification offer here: http://www.encapsulationcertificationtraining.com/

Brilliant Birth Academy

4 weeks 1 day ago

Ok I'm obsessed with this company. So beautiful.

Congratulations on winning our necklace in the @mommycon Mother’s Day Giveaway!
.
#Repost @rbtznm with @get_repost
・・・
😍😍 The last of my @mommycon Mother’s Day haul has arrived 🎉 @milkandhoneybreastmilkjewelry worked with me to create a beautiful and meaningful necklace, even without breastmilk. These colored resin “honeycomb cells” represent my daughters birthdates 💙💜💙💜 and the custom chain length makes this a piece I can wear every day of the year. Maria and Meghan were a pleasure to work with, highly recommend if you’re looking for some sentimental jewelry. Thank you!! 😘 😘 (Not an ad!!)

Brilliant Birth Academy

4 weeks 1 day ago

Many organs that have filtration abilities in the body, most notably liver is regularly and historically eaten as a particularly nutritious food. The placenta is a protective filter. It keeps out most bacteria but doesn’t have the ability to filter out viruses, drugs, or alcohol. The chorionic membrane is impenetrable to some molecular-weight drugs and toxins. The placenta also passes on the mother’s antibodies to the baby in order to keep the baby healthy for several months after birth. If the mother has acquired a natural immunity to a virus or disease, the antibodies that her body has created will be transferred to the baby via the placenta. This is the traditionally understood concept of ‘herd immunity’ operating naturally.

Brilliant Birth Academy

4 weeks 1 day ago

Ha! The struggle is real! BBA welcomes everyone but it was designed for moms with full, beautiful lives. Our students report that our certification courses take less time than others—and not because we’re short on details.

We’ve intentionally condensed the presentation time of every course and put all the details into downloads and swipe files so you can get into service sooner (and because we’re imagining you trying to make progress at 6am on your cert with toddler fingers already reaching for you under the door). Discover our courses today. https://brilliantbirthacademy.com/

https://www.instagram.com/p/B0yLduAgs3-/

thanks theurbanumi for the laugh!