The Effect of Back Acupressure on The Breast Milk Secretion and Infants Weight at the Maternity Ward, Fastabiq General Hospital, Pati, Central Java


Atun Wigati, Dwi Astuti, Nasriyah, Dewi Hartinah

 

Faculty of Health Sciences, Universitas Muhamadiyah Kudus, Central Java

 

ABSTRACT

 

Background: Breastmilk is the best food for babies that helps the growth and development of children optimally and protects children from disease. However, there are still many problems with breastfeeding. This study aimed to determine the effect of acupressure on increasing breast milk volume and the baby’s weight.

Subjects and Method: This was a quasi-experiment with pre and post-test with no control group design, conducted at Fastabiq General Hospital, Pati, Central Java, from March to April 2021. A total of 30 post-partum mothers was selected for this study. The dependent variables were breast milk volume and baby weight (gram). The independent variable was back acupressure. The data were collected by observation sheet and analyzed by paired t-test.

Results: Mean score of breastmilk volume after intervention (Mean = 7.40; SD= 1.24) was higher than before (Mean= 4.93; SD= 0.96) and it was statistically significant (p< 0.001). Mean score of baby weight after intervention (Mean= 3,130; SD= 346.3) was higher than before (Mean= 2,893; SD= 359.4) and it was statistically significant (p< 0.001).

Conclusion: Back acupressure effectively increases breast milk volume and baby weight.

 

Keywords: acupressure, breastmilk, weight, baby

Correspondence: Atun Wigati.  Faculty of Health Sciences, Universitas Muhamadiyah Kudus. Jl. Ganesha Raya No. 1 Purwosari, Kudus, Central Java. Email: atunwigati@umkudus.ac.id. Mobile:  +62 81390508618

DOI: https://doi.org/10.26911/ICPHepidemiology.FP.08.2021.20

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