January Jones Takes Placenta Pills: Is This Hollywood’s New “Pick Me Up”?

January Jones may play a very detached mother as the beautiful Betty Draper on AMC’s hit television series Mad Men but this real life Mamma is nothing but. In an interview with People.com she says “I have a great doula who makes sure I’m eating well, with vitamins and teas, and with placenta capsules.” That’s right this celebrity mom is eating her own placenta.

January Jones and Baby Xander

Why on earth would someone do that? You may ask.  Some think that the benefits of consuming one’s placenta are numerous. It is rich in nutrients, vitamins and minerals that help fight depression symptoms and boost energy. The placenta is rich in iron and protein, which are  beneficial to women recovering from childbirth. Eating the placenta triggers the release of oxytocin into the bloodstream, causing the uterus to quickly contract, heal and tone itself after childbirth. It is also rich in hormones known as CRH (corticotropin-releasing hormone), a known stress-reducer, and is used in Chinese medicine.  (Ed. Note: the original post reported that placenta pills may increase milk supply.  In some women they may decrease it.  If you are experiencing milk supply issues, discontinue taking placenta pills and see an IBCLC. ) 

January goes on to tell how it is done: “Your placenta gets dehydrated and made into vitamins. It’s something I was very hesitant about, but we’re the only mammals who don’t ingest our own placentas.”   January has taken the capsules daily since she had her son, and whenever she feels tired or run down. She goes on to say “It’s not witch-crafty or anything! I suggest it to all moms!” Why are we the only mammals who don’t regularly consume our placentas?  I am pretty sure mother nature knew what she was doing and that the benefits that nature provides can’t be made in a lab.  To find placenta encapsulation services, try  placentabenefits.info

Breastfeeding mamma January Jones is doing what she believes is best for her. January went back to work when her son Xander was about seven weeks old.  Like most moms, she wanted to spend as much time with her son as possible, but when you are a working mom it’s hard to do.  She says “I had the baby and the baby nurse in their own room so I could go back and feed him every two hours.”  It looks like January Jones has been able to navigate the Booby Traps. She is receiving the proper nutrition by eating right and taking her placenta supplement.  She has set herself up with an A-Team so that she is able to nurse him through out the day.  While it might not be possible for everyone to have their baby at work with them, but having an A-Team in place can help you beat some Booby Traps if you are pumping at work.

 Would you try placenta encapsulation?

4 thoughts on “January Jones Takes Placenta Pills: Is This Hollywood’s New “Pick Me Up”?

  1. I was surprised to hear that Placenta Pills are gaining popularity. I just came out of my CLC training, and learned that although they provide some great nutrients, they actually hinder milk production instead of increase it. If you look at the milk making process, it goes Colostrum, Transitional Milk, to Mature Milk. The reason your body produces colostrum, is the placental hormones. Once you deliver your placenta, it leads to a rapid drop in progesterone and is replaced by prolactin. Prolactin makes your transitional milk come in, and your keep your mature milk supply up. One thing we learned in class is a retained placenta always wins, you can’t get a good supply of milk if you still have some placenta inside. This does not leave your milk cells open to receive prolactin which is triggered by complete delivery of the placenta. Although the pills might give you oxytocin, that is not what makes your milk. Prolactin makes milk, oxytocin moves milk. We were taught that if a mom comes to us seeking advise for a low supply, one of the first things to ask is if she is taking Placenta Pills. It hinders milk production in a huge way, and really affects supply. I think you might want to do some research on this topic, and talk to some experts before helping this become more poplar. It is actually a booby trap, that not a lot of people know about.


  2. Some of the information presented in this article is not evidence based. Most women that have issues with milk supply after their baby is born, is do to partial placenta left in the uterus. Therefore the release of the chemicals needed to produce milk are not able to be released. So injesting your placenta could decrease your milk supply and make breastfeeding challenging, when it shouldn’t be because the hormones will in essance be confused or blocked slowing milk production.


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