The Effect of Peer Counseling on Nutrition Intake and Body Weight among Lactating Mothers in Deli Serdang, North Sumatera


Mahdiah1), Evawany Y Aritonang2), Mayang Sari Ayu3)

 

1)Department of Nutrition, School of Health Polytechnics, Ministry of Health, Medan

2)Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Sumatera Utara

3)Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine Universitas Islam Sumatera Utara

 

ABSTRACT

Background: Nutrition and body weight are important in breastfeeding women. A woman‘s nutritional status not only influences her health, but also infants‘ health. Peer counseling maybe an effective approach for nutrition and body weight control. This stu- dy aimed to examine the effect of peer counseling on nutrition intake and body weight of lactating mothers in Deli Serdang, North Sumatera.

Subjects and Method: This was a quasi-experiment with pre and post-test with two group design. It was conducted in Lubuk Pakam and Tanjung Morawa, Deli Serdang, North Sumatra. A sample of 64 mothers was divided into 2 groups: peer counseling group and control group. The dependent variables were maternal nutrition intake and body weight. The independent variable was peer counseling. The data were collected by questionnaire and analyzed by t test.

Results: Nutrition intake including energy, protein, fat, iron, and calcium were higher in the peer counseling group than in control group, and it was statistically significant. Carbohydrate intake was no  difference between peer  counseling  group and  control group, and it was statistically non-significant. Body-weight was lower in the peer counseling group than in the control group, but it was statistically non-significant.

Conclusion: Peer counseling is effective to improve nutrition intake.

Keywords: peer counseling, breastfeeding, nutrition, body weight

Correspondence: Mahdiah. Department of Nutrition, School of Health Polytechnics, Ministry of Health, Medan. Email: didi_mahdiah@ymail.com. Mobile: 082162160533.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.26911/the6thicph.02.02

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