Vol. 4, Issue 4 (2019)
The effectiveness moxibution on breast milk production in postpartum primipara mother
Author(s): Miftah Chairunnisa, Lucky Herawati, Melyana Nurul Widyawati
Abstract: Background: Lactation is a natural way of providing good nutrition through breast milk which is useful as an antibacterial and antiviral agent to protect babies from infection. Providing less than optimal breastfeeding can contribute 11.6% of the mortality of children under the age of 5 years. One reason for the lack of milk production is stress. Postpartum stress often occurs due to high anxiety pressure and feeling guilty. Mothers who feel fatigue and stress have high cortisol levels, which can in hibit the process lacto genesis. Alternatives to facilitate breast feeding can be done through pharmacological therapy and non-pharmacological therapy. Non-pharmacological therapy including massage therapy, hypnotherapy, moxibution, music therapy, warm therapy and feeding. Moxibution is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) which is believed to have a positive effect to overcome anxiety and stress in postpartum mothers where moxa contains essential oils from leaves Artemisia Vulgaris and can soothe the soul. Method: The type of research used is the Quasy Experiment Research with a pretest and posttest design. This research compiled two groups, namely the moxibution group and accupressure group. Technique Non probability sampling with method was consecutive sampling used to get 30 respondents divided into 2 groups. Result: Paired t test show p value <0.05, which means that the administration of moxibution and accupresure was effective in increasing breast milk production as seen from the indicator of infant weight with a mean weight in the moxibution group 3.63 where the mean was higher compared to the accupressure group of 3.44. Conclusion: The results of the study after being given therapy moxibution increased the mother's production of breast milk, so that the therapy was effectively implemented in postpartum mothers especially with primiparous postpartum mothers.