There are a lot of dumb, new age parenting trends. One of the dumbest is the growing popularity of mothers eating their own placenta.
From breast feeding to toilet training, more and more parents are putting an emphasis on 'natural.' If you're expecting a baby or, like me, recently had one you've heard this word a lot.
People love to give parenting advice. One of the first pieces of unsolicited advice expecting parents are given is, "The baby should have nothing but breast milk for the first 6 months." When you ask why you're told, "Because it's better." If you ask why it's better they answer, "Because it's natural."
This isn't a terrible argument. Natural is often better than artificial but not necessarily always. Two hundred years ago the average life expectancy of a human being was around thirty years. Our lives were definitely more 'natural' then than they are now.
My point is that the 'natural' argument can be taken to extremes. I agree that it would probably be best if a baby had nothing but breast milk for the first six months but if the baby has trouble eating it's probably better for her to get some formula rather than starve.
The practice of a mother eating her own placenta is another example of 'natural' taken to extremes. There's no scientific evidence that the mother or the baby benefits from the mother ingesting any portion of her after birth. The argument for doing so is based on the idea that many animals in the wild do it. If they do it … then we should do it.
There are a lot of things that animals do in the wild. Dogs like to eat their own $#@%. It's definitely very natural.
But hey, maybe placenta tastes delicious. If that's the case, forget everything I said and chow down.
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