Eating placentas is safe for babies, OSU study finds

Placenta consumption is on the rise in the U.S., despite a CDC warning.

Posted: May 3, 2018 7:32 PM
Updated: May 3, 2018 7:36 PM

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Researchers at Oregon State University have found that a fairly new trend for mothers is not harmful to breastfeeding babies.

The practice of placenta consumption following birth is on the rise in the United States.

However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not recommend it because of a case in Oregon where a baby may have gotten strep throat after the baby’s mother consumed an infected placenta.

After reviewing more than 23,000 birth records, researchers said they didn’t find any increased risk for babies up to six weeks old.

They also found women with a history of anxiety or depression were more likely to consumer their placentas. The most common reason for consumption was to prevent postpartum depression.

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