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Breastfeed Med. 2018 Nov 9. doi: 10.1089/bfm.2018.0159. [Epub ahead of print]

Effects of Fenugreek, Ginger, and Turmeric Supplementation on Human Milk Volume and Nutrient Content in Breastfeeding Mothers: A Randomized Double-Blind Controlled Trial.

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1 Department of Nutrition, Faculty of Public Health, Mahidol University , Bangkok, Thailand .
2
2 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Lerdsin Hospital , Bangkok, Thailand .

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Exclusive breastfeeding is the best way to accomplish optimal growth and health in infants. Low milk volume is a major problem that leads to nonexclusive breastfeeding.

OBJECTIVE:

This study aimed to examine the effects of mixed herbal supplementation, including fenugreek, ginger, and turmeric on human milk volume and nutrient content.

METHODS:

The study design was a randomized double-blind controlled trial. Fifty exclusively breastfeeding mothers were randomly divided into two groups. The herbal group (n = 25) received mixed herbal supplementation containing fenugreek, ginger, and turmeric, three capsules three times daily for 4 weeks. The control group (n = 25) took a placebo. Anthropometric and dietary data, blood pressure, heart rate, and blood and milk samples were collected at baseline and 4 weeks after the intervention. Milk volume was measured using a manual breast pump and recorded for 2 days at baseline, week 2, and week 4.

RESULTS:

Breastfeeding mothers receiving herbal supplementation had a 49% increase in milk volume at week 2 and a 103% increase at week 4. These increases were greater than mothers in the placebo group (p < 0.05). There was no difference in milk nutrient content for both groups. Moreover, there were no differences in adverse effects observed in the placebo and herbal groups.

CONCLUSION:

Mixed herbal supplementation that contained fenugreek, ginger, and turmeric can increase human milk volume without adverse effects.

KEYWORDS:

exclusive breastfeeding; fenugreek; ginger; milk volume; turmeric

PMID:
30411974
DOI:
10.1089/bfm.2018.0159

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