True, but my understanding is that the placenta is an organ made both by the mother and the child, so would that not mean that a tleast some of it would be that of the child?
Yes, you’re right (I find after a bit more research - my ignorance on this subject is somewhat embarrassing) - it is indeed made by both mother and foetus.
As to whether eating a placenta is cannibalism - I still think it isn’t - it’s not the permanent flesh of the mother or child, but a discarded part of the pregnancy process post-birth, i.e. it’s not the flesh or organs of a human being, but rather a temporary organic structure that is discarded by the mother’s body after the birth occurs.
I’m so glad I’m a vegetarian now. :)