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EXPERIMENTAL STUDY TO EVALUATE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF MUSIC THERAPY ON AMOUNT OF BREAST MILK EXPRESSED AND ANXIETY LEVEL AMONG POSTNATAL MOTHERS

Gayathri K. V.*

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Human milk is produced naturally by the mother’s body, providing the healthiest, most natural food for human infants at essentially no cost. Breast milk provides both long term and short term benefits to infants. Mothers, whose babies are born, are often scared and nervous. Because of mothers various reaction to birth of child will have stress, anxiety and other illness, may affect the production of breast milk. The use of music as a complementary tool in health promotion has recently been reported in medical literature. Music therapy has shown to reduce stress for parents and new born. The objectives of the study are to find the effect of music therapy on amount of breast milk expressed 2. Effect of music therapy on level of anxiety among postnatal mothers 3. Co-related the effect of music therapy on amount of expressed breast milk and level of anxiety among post natal mothers. Methodology: 30 postnatal mothers’ samples were selected by lottery method using random sampling technique in postnatal wards admitted at R.L.J Hospital and research centre, kolar. Results showed that in experimental group there was Stastically significant‘ t’ [2.74(df14)] increase in volume of breast milk secreted compared to control group at 0.05 level of significance. Level of anxiety was reduced in experimental group‘t’ [-7.009(df14)] compared to control group. And there was negative correlation between amount of milk expressed and level of anxiety. That is, if anxiety level is increased there will be a decreased in the amount of breast milk expressed. Conclusion: music therapy was effective in reducing anxiety among postnatal mothers and increases breast milk secretion.

Keywords: Postnatal mothers, breast-milk, music therapy, anxiety, experimental study.


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