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Eating placentas! American mums swear by its health benefits


  • Features
  • Friday, 27 Feb 2015

Ground placenta is put into capsules for a new mother to consume. It is said that it can help increase milk production and reduce postpartum depression. Photo: AFP/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI

Ground placenta is put into capsules for a new mother to consume. It is said that it can help increase milk production and reduce postpartum depression. Photo: AFP/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI

Health trends come and go, but one post-birth fad is gaining a foothold in the United States among some new mothers who extol the benefits of eating their own placentas. 

Convinced it helps to boost energy, produce healthy milk and ward off postpartum depression, the practice is catching on among mothers who shun modern medicine for natural care, or Hollywood celebrities eager to adopt new-age trends. 

   

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