The scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) researched that the consumption of the placenta by the new mothers is proving harmful to their babies. In fact, the research advises consumption of placenta afterbirth as a normal practice which must be discarded for sure. This comes as a warning from the CDC. Placentophagy or placentophagia refers to the process of eating the placenta or the afterbirth of the young ones by the mammals after childbirth.
Ignoring frequent warnings issued by health department causing havoc
The health officials for the new moms are issuing warnings regularly. These warnings generally advise not to take pills made from the placenta and stop its use. All this appeared after an infant in Oregon was infected by such an activity by his mother. Placentophagy is part of the new fashion among the breastfeeding mothers to beat the following:
- Postpartum depression
- Breast milk production
- Increased energy levels
It is much in fashion as publicized and promoted on the internet by the celebrity moms. It has come into practice over the last decade itself. In fact, it has spread its wings to all parts of the world, including the USA.
Recent case study of a baby infected after being breast fed
As per the report by CDC, an infant from Portland, Oregon was hospitalized multiple times with some kind of blood infection. The doctors later found the cause for the same to be the ingestion of the placenta by the mother who was breastfeeding the infant. All this was done with the help of a private company, which used to process and put the organ in the form of pills taken by the mother. These pills were infected with group B Streptococcus agalactiae (GBS) bacteremia. For which the doctors gave the infant 11-day antibiotics course.
However, once the infant is back to the home and started with the breastfeeding routine, he contracted the same infection this time too. Since the infant has been breast fed by the mother, he infected by this disease due to the similar reason.
The mother immediately told to stop the consumption of these pills or follow the practice of placentophagy. Once the mother as recommended by the doctors did the same, the infant soon recovered.
Generally, the placenta is thrown away as a medical waste after the delivery or the childbirth. In case, new moms consume the same then the infection passes to the infant when he or she is breast fed. Once the use of these pills or consumption is stopped afterwards only the infant recovers.
To sum it up all, placentophagy is considered neither beneficial nor harmful by the researchers. It is, in fact, a decade-long process gaining momentum through the mouths of celebrities as well as some new moms. The reason could be their fondness for the practice as a whole.