Abstract

Babies born healthy carry enough fluids in their bodies. The condition will be maintained if given breast milk alone, but giving other fluids becomes a habit that has bad results. Breast milk has benefits for babies, namely protection against infection, reducing mortality and nutrition for malnourished babies. The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between early initiation of breastfeeding and the success of exclusive breastfeeding in infants aged 6-12 months at the Independent Midwife Practice Rina Sitorus Amd.Keb Tanjung Morawa in 2019. The design of this study used an analytical survey research with a cross sectional approach. Research location at the Practice of Independent Midwives Rina Sitorus Amd.Keb, Jln.Undian Simpang Tiga, No.3 Tanjung Morawa. The population was 187 breastfeeding mothers with babies aged 6-12 months. A sample of 65 respondents using the Simple Random Sampling technique. The results of the study were obtained from the majority of 65 respondents who did not have IMD as many as 39 people (60.0), 2 people (3.1%) who succeeded in exclusive breastfeeding and 37 people (56.9%) who were not successful in exclusive breastfeeding While the IMD minority was 26 people (40.0%), 22 people (33.8%) succeeded in exclusive breastfeeding and 4 people (6.2%) who were unsuccessful. The chi square result shows that p value = 0.000 <ɑ 0.05, so Ho is rejected and Ha is accepted. The conclusion is that there is a relationship between early initiation of breastfeeding and the success of exclusive breastfeeding for babies aged 6-12 months at the Independent Midwife Practice Rina Sitorus Amd. Keb Tanjung Morawa in 2019. So it is hoped that mothers will increase their understanding about babies who receive exclusive breastfeeding will be healthier and stronger. compared with infants who are not exclusively breastfed.