Vol. 4, Issue 4 (2019)
The giving food snack bar of cumin leaves (plectranthus amboinicus lour spreng) as an additional alternative of nutrition to increase breast milk production
Author(s): Rina Utami, Runjati, Daru Lestantyo
Abstract: Background: The benefits of breastfeeding are protection against infections because they contain specific proteins to protect against allergies and stimulate the immune system. One of the problems of nursing mothers is hypogalactia. Hypogalactia occurs due to barriers to the production of the prolactin hormone at the stage of lactogenesis caused by food problems, zinc deficiency and stress. Traditional plants that are believed to be hereditary as stimulants for breast milk, including the leaves of cumin, which play a role in the prolactin reflex and then stimulate the alveoli to produce breast milk. Method: The type of research used is Quasy Experiment with a pre-test – post-test control group design. This research arranged two groups, namely the intervention group given bar snack the cumin leaves, while the control group that was given the placebo was a snack bar without caraway leaves. Technique non-probability sampling with method was consecutive sampling used to get 32 respondents divided into two groups. Results: The results of statistical test Mann Withney showed a p value of 0.000 (<0.05) which means that there was a significant difference in the volume breast milk after being given treatment between the intervention group and control group. Conclusion: The results of the research after being treated an increase in the volume breast milk of respondents given food snack bar of cumin leaves (Plectranthus Amboinicus Lour Spreng), so that traditional plant therapy is effectively implemented to postpartum mothers who experience a decrease in the volume breast milk, especially mothers who are active in breast feeding exclusive.