Antenatal, Place of Birth and Post-natal Related to Breastfeeding Practice among Women in Peri-urban Area, Semarang

Margawati, Ani (2009) Antenatal, Place of Birth and Post-natal Related to Breastfeeding Practice among Women in Peri-urban Area, Semarang. Media Medika Indonesiana, 43 (1). pp. 29-36. ISSN 0126-1762


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Background: Key health issues for women of reproductive age include problems concerning sexuality and reproduction. Sexuality is not merely about sex, but about the right of women to make choices and decisions related to sexual behaviour and practices, relationships, breastfeeding, contraception and abortion. This paper will examines the various health facilities, the services and treatments which are available, in particular those which influence breastfeeding practices. Methods: A combination of qualitative and quantitative data collection methods were used in this research. In the quantitative method, a questionnaire survey was conducted following preliminary analysis of the data collected through focus group discussions (FGDs). The methods employed for qualitative data collection included focus group discussions, informal and in-depth interviews and participant observation. The sample group in the peri-urban area included pregnant women, mothers with babies less than 2 years old, a few husbands and a small number of women of reproductive age. Results: This research found that there were many factors influencing the choice of birth place such as location, costs and the quality of the services provided by nurses, doctors, etc. The women in this area still preferred the services of the dukun bayi for the postnatal treatment. Conclusion: The place where the mother delivers the baby influences their motivation to breastfeed. Although the respondents mentioned that breastfeeding is a good practice for feeding baby, however, they lack of knowledge about breastfeeding. This condition is closely related to poor counselling about breastfeeding.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Breast-feeding practice, lack of knowledge, antenatal care, birth place.
Subjects:R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions:UNDIP Journal > Media Medika Indonesia
Faculty of Medicine > Department of Medicine
Faculty of Medicine > Department of Medicine
ID Code:14098
Deposited On:11 Jun 2010 10:48
Last Modified:05 Aug 2010 22:38

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