The Effect of Fenugreek Herbal Tea and Palm Dates on Breast Milk Production and Infant Weight.

Abeer El Sakka [1] , Mostafa Salama [2] , Kareem Salama [3]


Background: Artificial or natural substances called galactagogues may assist the production of breast milk. Objective: To evaluate the effect of consumption of fenugreek herbal tea or palm dates on breast milk production. Methods: Seventy-five puerperal women were randomly assigned for two weeks to one of three groups: herbal tea with fenugreek (n = 25), palm dates (n = 25) or no galactagogue as control (n = 25).  Maternal milk volume was measured through manual pumping of breasts on the third postpartum day. Infants were weighed on days (0, 3, 7, &14) using an infant scale. Results: Breast milk volume at 3 days postpartum and percentage weight change were statistically significant either dates or fenugreek groups and control group p<0.001, p=0.001 respectively.  On the seventh day, newborns in date's group showed an increase in weight while those in fenugreek or control groups were still below their birth weight (p=0.001). On the fourteenth day, there was no significant difference between any of the groups (p=0.156). Conclusion: Palm dates and fenugreek herbal tea seems to be useful for enhancing breast milk production  during early postpartum period.  

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Journal Section Original Articles
Authors

Author: Abeer El Sakka

Author: Mostafa Salama

Author: Kareem Salama

Dates

Publication Date : January 4, 2014

Bibtex @ { jps202357, journal = {Journal of Pediatric Sciences}, issn = {}, eissn = {1309-1247}, address = {}, publisher = {Bilal YILDIZ}, year = {2014}, volume = {6}, pages = { - }, doi = {10.17334/jps.30658}, title = {The Effect of Fenugreek Herbal Tea and Palm Dates on Breast Milk Production and Infant Weight.}, key = {cite}, author = {El Sakka, Abeer and Salama, Mostafa and Salama, Kareem} }
APA El Sakka, A , Salama, M , Salama, K . (2014). The Effect of Fenugreek Herbal Tea and Palm Dates on Breast Milk Production and Infant Weight.. Journal of Pediatric Sciences , 6 (0) , . Retrieved from https://dergipark.org.tr/en/pub/jps/issue/19090/202357
MLA El Sakka, A , Salama, M , Salama, K . "The Effect of Fenugreek Herbal Tea and Palm Dates on Breast Milk Production and Infant Weight.". Journal of Pediatric Sciences 6 (2014 ): <https://dergipark.org.tr/en/pub/jps/issue/19090/202357>
Chicago El Sakka, A , Salama, M , Salama, K . "The Effect of Fenugreek Herbal Tea and Palm Dates on Breast Milk Production and Infant Weight.". Journal of Pediatric Sciences 6 (2014 ):
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