Debate Over Eating Placentas Postbirth

March 26, 2012 by staff 

Debate Over Eating Placentas Postbirth, Actress January JonesMost mammals eat their own placenta after giving birth and according to “Mad Men’s” Jennifer Jones, more women should try ingesting their offspring’s afterbirth as well. Speaking at a press junket before the show’s season premiere, the actress told People magazine that she pops a dehydrated placenta capsule when she’s feeling tired or blue.

“Its not witch-crafty or anything, I suggest it to all moms!” Jones enthused. Since the 34 year-old single mom was able to return to the set about seven weeks after her son Xander was born, her controversial elixir may be working.

There is little scientific evidence to show any benefits to eating placenta, but advocates say that it helps increase milk flow and ease post-partum depression. Speaking with the BBC, obstetrician Maggie Blott explained, “Animals eat their placenta to get nutrition–but when people are already well-nourished, there is no benefit, there is no reason to do it.”

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