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Placenta after Childbirth
My wife and I had a baby 7 weeks ago. My wife has struggled greatly with breastfeeding and has been pumping since the second day of our baby's life. We've been trying all sorts of things and he is improving greatly (yet slowly). He still is not a great suckler and my wife still does not have a great milk supply (though we've also tried numerous things for that). My wife and our baby also developed thrush, which has been very painful and has made breastfeeding even more difficult. That brings me to our question about eating the placenta. We've heard from various people that eating the placenta (which is in our freezer currently) can help with post partum depression. Has anyone had any experience with it helping with other things, such as Thrush, Milk Supply, etc? Has anyone had experiences with eating the placenta this far after childbirth (7 weeks)? If you do have experience, we'd love any recipes also. Thank you.
A really good treatment for yeast is gentian violet. It has always worked in my experience and although it is messy, it would really be worth looking at this option. Are you working with a good lac! tation consultant? I reccomend HIGHLY the office of Janaki Costello and Sue Wirth (near Solano and San Pablo). A very supportive and realistic team and that can really help as well. There are many local therapists and psychiatrists who deal with post partum depression as that sounds like it may be part of the picture too, please check into this also. The begining of life with a new baby can be wonderful but is certainly overwhelming and difficult for most of us! Please consider getting mom out to be with other mothers, it can help more than you can imagine and there are so very many opportunities for this in our community.
I guess my bottom line advice is to please use your local resources.. there are many! I hope that everything resolves well... and soon! Jennifer
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