Maternal Knowledge Impact on Child Nutrition: Study in Bonto Bangun Wellbeing Center, 2023

Authors

  • Rizky Auliah Juniarti Department of Midwifery, Universitas Islam Makassar, Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia
  • Hadijah Hadijah Department of Midwifery, Universitas Islam Makassar, Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia
  • Rofika Rofika Department of Midwifery, Universitas Islam Makassar, Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.53770/medica.v5i3.230

Keywords:

Knowledge, Breastfeeding, Dietary Status

Abstract

The quality of nutrition during early stages profoundly influences an individual's health as they approach reproductive age. Adequate nutritional intake, particularly through complementary breastfeeding (MP-ASI), plays a crucial role in this regard. Information about MP-ASI, acquired through sensory perception, notably sight and hearing, is essential for effective implementation. However, many mothers lack sufficient knowledge in this area, which can impact child nutrition adversely. This study aims to determine the description of mothers' knowledge of complementary breastfeeding and the dietary status of children aged 6 to 12 months in the Bonto Bangun Community Health Center, Bulukumba Regency. Utilizing a cross-sectional research design, data were collected from a sample of 67 individuals through incidental sampling and questionnaire administration. The findings reveal that a significant portion of mothers (70.37%) lacked adequate knowledge regarding complementary breastfeeding practices, leading to suboptimal child dietary status. This deficiency in knowledge is attributed to low levels of education among respondents and insufficient guidance from healthcare providers on complementary feeding practices. Addressing these gaps in maternal knowledge and healthcare provider training is imperative for improving child nutrition outcomes in Bulukumba and similar regions. By enhancing awareness and education regarding complementary breastfeeding practices, healthcare interventions can effectively promote optimal child nutrition and development.

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Published

2023-09-30