Placenta Medicine as a Galatogogue: Trend or Tradition?

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Melissa Cole, MS, IBCLC

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 galatogogue standpoint.

Presenters 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.