Abstract

Exclusive breastfeeding for six months is one of the global strategies to improve growth, development, health and survival of infants (WHO 2011). Although there are many benefits of exclusive breastfeeding for babies, mothers, families and communities, the coverage is still low in various countries including Indonesia. Riskesdas 2010 data shows that the coverage of exclusive breastfeeding for infants up to six months is only 15.3%. This type of research is an analytical study with a cross-sectional study design used to determine the relationship between knowledge and attitudes of mothers towards exclusive breastfeeding. The research was conducted at the Hutagalung Health Center, Parlilitan District in January-July 2020, where the sample size was 40 people by taking total sampling. Data analysis was performed using bivariate analysis with chi scuare test at α = 5%. The results showed that based on knowledge, the majority of respondents had good knowledge as many as 20 people (50%), the majority of respondents had bad attitudes as many as 26 people (65%). Thus it can be concluded that there is a relationship between maternal knowledge and exclusive breastfeeding with a chi square test value of 0.012. There is a relationship between maternal attitudes and exclusive breastfeeding with a chi square test value of 0.041. It is suggested that the Hutagalungi Health Center be useful as a deepening of knowledge about exclusive breastfeeding for babies> 6 months.