RELATED KNOWLEDGE OF EXCLUSIVE BREAST WITH THE FREQUENCY OF BREASTFEEDING BABY AGE 0-6 MONTHS
(In Posyandu Srikaton, District Ngantru, Tulungagung 2015)
Breastfeeding is an important activity in the maintenance of the child and the future preparation of the next generation. Nowdays, an exclusive breastfeeding has been decreased, the decrease in an exclusive breastfeeding mother is the lack of knowledge about the importance of exclusive breastfeeding. The aim of the research is to analyze the correlation between mother’s knowledge in exclusive breastfeeding and the frequency of breastfeeding on babies at the age of 0-6 months. The study was conducted on 2 to 10 February 2015. The study design is correlation analytic with cross-sectional approach. The study population of all mother who had a baby at the age 0-6 months some 70 people. The samples were 35 people by using Accidental Sampling techniques. The independent variables of mother’s knowledge about an exclusive breastfeeding, the dependent variable of the frequency of breastfeeding in a day. The research of knowledge and frequency instrument was a questionnaire. Data processed by the editing, coding, scoring, tabulating and analyzed with Spearman’s Rho test. The research result was obtained from a total of 35 respondents that the most respondents were 18 (51.4%) have sufficient knowledge about an exclusive breastfeeding, and the most respondents were 18 (51.43%) frequency breastfeed the babies are very good. The Spearman’s Rho test results obtained ρ value = 0.017 < α = 0.05, so the H1 was accepted which meant that there is a correlation between mother’s knowledge in an exclusive breastfeeding and the frequency of breastfeeding on babies at the age of 0-6 months in health care at Srikaton village, district of Ngantru, Tulungagung 2015. Knowledge is very important in the basic mother’s behavior in breastfeeding the baby. The better knowledge of mother will increase the frequency of mother breastfeed the babies. The health workers and cadres in health care is suggested to provide guidance and counseling about the importance of an exclusive breastfeeding on demand (at any time the baby requested) for baby at the age of 0-6 months.