Aim: To determine the breastfeeding attitudes and behavior of pregnant women and puerperium enrolled in a Family Health Center, and to evaluate how breastfeeding education affects breastfeeding attitudes by providing breastfeeding education and eliminating a lack of knowledge.
Materials and Methods: The cross-sectional and analytical study consisted of a total of fifty-two participants, forty-six pregnant women and six puerperium, who received services from Family Health Centers All of the participants were given face-to-face Ministry of Health breastfeeding counseling training by the researcher, and were evaluated with the Breastfeeding Attitude Rating Scale (BARS) before and after the training.
Results: The mean age of the participants was 30.98 ± 5.71 years, with the majority (98.1%) being married. 84.6% of the participants lived in urban areas and 15.4% in rural areas. The difference in the BARS score between pre-training and post-training was statistically significant (p<0.001), revealing that those participants living in urban areas had a significantly higher increase in the BARS score than those living in rural areas (p = 0.032).
Conclusion: It is clear that mothers have positive attitudes towards breastfeeding, are open to education and that they benefit from education. For this reason, it is very important for health institutions to receive the title of 'Baby Friendly Health Institution', to provide prenatal and postnatal breastfeeding education and to ensure the continuity of breastfeeding education so that babies receive only breast milk in the first six months and continue until the age of 2 years.