The Effect of Date Juice Consumption on Increasing Breast Milk Production in Lactating Mothers


Rohmi Handayani, Siti Yulaikah

 

Health Polytechnics, Ministry of Health Surakarta

 

ABSTRACT

 

Background: Dates are fruits with complete nutrition that can be given to meet the nutritional needs of breastfeeding mothers and function as galactagogues. Galacta-gogue is a compound found in plants whose function is to stimulate breast milk produc-tion. Theoretically dates can also increase prolactin, which is a hormone that can stimulate milk production. This study aimed to determine the effectiveness of dates to increase milk production in breastfeeding mothers.

Subjects and Method: This was a quasi experiment with a pre-posttest design. A sample of 20 breastfeeding mothers in Klaten, Central Java, was selected for this study from July to September 2021. The dependent variable was consumption of dates. The independent variable was the production of breast milk. The data were analyzed using paired t-test.

Results: Breast milk production after consuming date palm juice (mean=79.00; SD= 40.21) was higher than before consuming date palm juice (mean=32.00; SD= 24.99) and statistically significant (Þ<0.001).

Conclusion: Date juice increases milk production in breastfeeding mothers.

Keywords: dates, breast milk

Correspondence: Rohmi Handayani. Health Polytechnic of Health Ministry of Surakarta. Jl. Letjen Sutoyo Mojosongo, Surakarta. Email: rohmihandayani9@gmail.com. Mobile: 0813270-40834.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.26911/AB.Medicine.ICPH.08.2021.44

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