Breastfeeding Mothers Knowledge and Attitude of Early Initiation and Exclusiveness in Remote Area


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Breastfeeding was essential for the physically and mentally optimal growth and development of babies, as well as their intelligence. The breastfeeding was, therefore, given much attention by mothers and the health professionals in order to get breastfeeding process can be properly carried out.The study was aimed at determining the influence of Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) approach on the mothers knowledge and attitude in the implementation of early breastfeeding initiation and exclusive breastfeeding. The study applied a cohort research by grouping the 51 pregnant mothers in their trimester of pregnancy, along with their husbands/companions who accompanied the pregnant mothers in doing the ante natal care and the midwife.

They were given the questionnaire prior to enter the ABCD class of early initiation breast feeding (IMD) and exclusive breast milk, then followed until the delivery process, observed the IMD implementation, and exclusive breastfeeding of the 0-6 month babies without any additional food.The result revealed that there was a significant correlation between the knowledge and the IMD implementation and the breastfeeding (p <0.05). After the mother were given training on the ABCD approach to implement the IMD and exclusive breastfeeding, there were 40 mother (78.4%) who had good understanding of the matter and 41 of them (80.4%) had positive attitude to implement the IMD and the exclusive breastfeeding for 0-6 months. The study concluded that there was a significant influence of knowledge on the IMD implementation. It means that the higher mother knowledge and attitude level, the higher the mothers breastfed with exclusive breast milk will be.


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