In the months following the birth of my first baby I struggled with a rich milk supply and found that every evening after 6 weeks post-birth I was ‘empty’. DD used to cry through the night because of hunger when I simply didn’t have the milk to give her. I was heartbroken and felt inadequate as a breastfeeding mother. I tried all sorts of herbal tinctures, supplements from Fenugreek to Brewers Yeast, I took Bach’s flower remedies and homeopathic remedies, nothing worked. I weaned DD onto solids at 4.5 months because she wouldn’t sleep at night and I was exhausted. I continued to breastfeed until for another 4 months before I called it quits. I was heartbroken as I had set my mind on feeding for 1-2 years!
When I found out I was pregnant with baby number 2, I knew I had to do something different so ensure my milk supply was rich for my newborn. Finding loads of information on the internet, I decided the most beneficial way to guarantee a rich milk supply was to eat my placenta – yes, I thought it was disgusting at first, but making it into capsules made it all a lot less ‘gross’.
After a beautiful 4 hour home water birth, my mother made a raw placenta smoothie with berry fruits and juice and a small piece of the raw placenta. I couldn’t taste it at all, just tasted like a normal fruit smoothie. Surprisingly, my milk ‘came in’ in just 12 hours after birth! I was astonished. Not only that, my bleeding stopped almost immediately, I only bled slightly for 7 days after birth. I felt great with the smoothies and froze the rest of the placenta. About 2 weeks after birth using a Traditional Chinese Medicine method I made 150 placenta capsules in my kitchen. My capsules gave my milk supply a real boost about an hour after taking them, it was that noticable!
I found the whole experience so much more enjoyable. My milk supply was rich and full, I never had any problems with breastfeeding. In fact, I had so much milk I decided to donate my breastmilk to my local hospital for sick babies in the Neonatal ward.
I still can’t belive the key to my happy post-birth experience was my placenta, I just had to make use of it and throw it away!