What is blessed thistle?
Blessed thistle is a plant found in the Mediterranean region of the world and is related to asters and daisies. In many places, it’s considered a noxious weed. (Fortunately, we know better!) Today, blessed thistle is used for a variety of reasons, including promoting healthy breast milk supply in nursing moms.
Is there a difference between blessed thistle and milk thistle?
Yes! While both plants are in the aster family, they are distinct from each other. Blessed thistle has yellow flowers surrounded by spiny leaves. It grows primarily in the Mediterranean region from Southern Europe to North Africa and in Western Asia. Flowers, leaves, stems and roots have been used in folk medicine, homeopathy, and, more recently, in pharmaceuticals. The blooms of the milk thistle plant are purple. While milk thistle originated in Europe, it is now found throughout North America. The leaves and stems contain milky white sap. The seeds contain active beneficial compounds and are used to create extracts and powders. Blessed Thistle is a known galactagogue, recognized for its ability to help increase breast milk production. Milk thistle is known for its liver-protective qualities and is used to treat liver and gallbladder problems.
Why is digestive support included in a breastmilk formula?
In order for herbal galactagogues (or any nutrients) to work well, they have to be absorbed properly. Some moms find that they need extra support to ensure this happens. Your body also needs a healthy, nutrient-rich diet to make quality milk for your baby. The botanical digestive blend (ginger root, anise seed, orange peel, and lemon balm leaf) helps your body to absorb all nutrients optimally, to support your production of plentiful amounts of high quality milk.
What is the difference between UpSpring Milkflow Blessed Thistle Capsules and UpSpring Milkflow Fenugreek + Blessed Thistle Capsules?
Milkflow Fenugreek + Blessed Thistle Capsules contain a proprietary blend of three herbs (as opposed to one) known to help with milk supply: fenugreek, anise, AND blessed thistle.
Milkflow Blessed Thistle Capsules contain a single, concentrated breast milk boosting herb: blessed thistle. This product is for all the moms out there who want to supplement with blessed thistle, and blessed thistle alone. It also gives you the option to mix and match the herbal lactation supplements that are best for you. Milkflow Blessed Thistle Capsules also contain a bonus digestive aid to help soothe any potential tummy upset. (surprise!)
When should I start taking a Milkflow product?
Take it any time you want to boost breast milk production after your baby is born.
Can I take Milkflow Blessed Thistle Capsules while I’m pregnant?
As with any supplement, you should discuss product use with your healthcare provider during pregnancy.
How long does it take for Milkflow Blessed Thistle Capsules to work?
Metabolisms vary but you may see a difference within the first week.*
Can I take Milkflow Blessed Thistle Capsules alongside other Milkflow products?
Yes. The herbs in each of our Milkflow products act a little bit differently, so there is no reason why they can’t be used together! If you have any questions always be sure to consult a healthcare professional.