Vol - 25, Issue - 3
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International Medical Journal
Journal ID : IMJ-15-02-2020-254
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Abstract : One of the main factors in the process of pregnancy and breastfeeding is the nutritional needs in which the baby's growth process is influenced by maternal health conditions and nutritional status. This study aims to assess differences in infant growth in the group of mothers who obtain Moringa oleifera flour and iron-folic acid supplementation. This study used an experimental method with a Randomized Double Blind design with a controlled design. The study population was the group of pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, while the sample was40 pregnant women with the first group receiving Moringa Oleifera flour capsules and the second group receiving iron-folic acid capsules. Bivariate analysis was performed using chi-square and multivariate logistic regression to see the value of the Odds Ratio Test. There is a significant influence of Moringa flour intervention on the weight of 3 month old infants where the use of moringa oleifera (Odds Ratio Test 2,385) times better for growth than the use of iron tablets. Furthermore, there is no significant effect of Moringa flour intervention on the weight of an infant aged 6 months (p-value = 0.177), and the use of moringa oleifera (Odds Ratio Test 6.538) times greater than the use of iron tablets. There are different results from the intervention of moringa oleifera and Fe in infants aged 3 and 6 months, but specifically, the Moringa oleifera intervention group has a greater benefit than iron tablets. Therefore, moringa oleifera can be an alternative to meet the nutrition of pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers and especially the growth of the infants

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