As someone who's been at this parenting gig a while, and has subjected myself (and my kids) to quite a few parenting trends over the years, I tend to view most parenting choices, as "you do you and I'll do me." However, I draw the line at choices that might put someone or their kids in harms' way. I don't want people to get hurt just because something seemed like a good idea and everyone else was doing it. That's one of the many reasons why I refused to eat my placenta and, honestly, why I think you shouldn't either.
I totally get why some people decide to eat their placentas. When you are a new mom and are struggling with postpartum depression (PPD) or undersupply, your baby is not thriving, or all of the above like me, you are willing to try almost anything (even really unsafe or gross things) if you think they'll help. The problem with eating your placenta is that it won't help. Seriously, it won't. According to NPR and Daniel Benyshek, an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas who has studied placentaphagy, "We simply don't know what all the potential benefits or risks are yet," to a postpartum woman eating her placenta.
I know you are probably thinking, "Is this lady seriously trying to tell me what to do?" and, "Why should I listen to her?" and even, potentially, What a b*tch." I get it, and I'm really not in the business of telling other women what to do. however, when it comes to things like protecting new moms and their babies from being harmed by pseudoscience, and stopping a unregulated industry from preying on vulnerable peoples' fears, I'll take the heat, so-to-speak. So, yes, I didn't eat my placenta and I don't think you should, either. Here's why: