placentophagy

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Eating of the placenta after giving birth
Comparative zoology Most placental mammals, including herbivores, have eaten their own placentas, including Insectivora, Rodentia, Chiroptera, Lagomorpha, Carnivora, Perissodactyla, Artiodactyla, and Primates.
The benefit is attributed to a poorly characterised substance called Placental Opioid-Enhancing Factor (POEF), which is allegedly found in placenta and amniotic fluid and said to modifiy endogenous opioid activity, and reduce post-partum pain
Ethnomedicine The practice of eating the placenta post delivery. While it is not a common practice, a fringe group of advocates claim it reduces post-partum depression and improves nutrition.
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placentophagy

Ethnomedicine The practice of eating the placenta post delivery. Cf Cannibalism, Pica.
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But in June the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a warning about placenta eating. A new mom in Oregon passed on a potentially deadly blood infection to her breast-feeding baby, as The Washington Posts Peter Holley reported.
The video went viral as the Skinny Guinea Rizzulo show guys (from the States) gave the placenta eating craze more ammo.