Biological Nurturing Baby-led Feeding to Reduce the Pain Intensity of Post-Section Caesarian: A Quasi-Experimental Study

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October 21, 2021

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Introduction: Caesarean surgery can cause pain that affects mobilization, daily activities, and the process of breastfeeding the baby. Baby-led feeding is one of the recommended breastfeeding positions for postpartum mothers post-Caesarean because it feels more relaxing. However, the effectiveness of baby-led feeding at reducing the pain levels needs further research. This study therefore aimed to determine the effect of baby-led feeding on the pain intensity among post-Caesarean section patients.

Methods: The research design used was quasi-experiment with a pre-test-post-test control group design and multi-stage sampling. This totaled 26 respondents across the two groups. The biological nurturing baby-led feeding treatment was given every feeding time. The research instrument used was the Numeric Rating Scale (NRS), and the data was analyzed using a Paired Sample T-Test and an Independent Sample T-Test with α ≤ 0.05.

Results: This study showed there to be an effect of biological nurturing baby-led feeding on the pain intensity experienced by the patients with a p-value of 0.000 (p≤0.05). There were significant differences in pain intensity between the intervention and control groups with a p-value of 0.001 (p≤0.05).

Conclusion: Biological nurturing in the form of baby-led feeding is effective at reducing the pain intensity of post-Caesarean section patients. Further research recommends that post-intervention pain observations be carried out on the first day after the baby-led feeding intervention is initiated.