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FATHERS’ SUPPORT TO OPTIMALIZE BREAST FEEDING PRACTICE AT KORONG GADANG VILLAGE, PADANG MUNICIPALITY, WEST SUMATERA
denas symond, Erwinda Erwinda

Last modified: 2018-08-15

Abstract


Background

Exclusive breastfeeding aims to meet the nutritional needs of infants for optimal growth and development. Fathers have an important role in motivating nursing mothers. The purpose of this study to determine the relationship of husband support the attitude of the mother in breastfeeding in Community Health Centers Korong Gadang Padang.

 

Materials and methods

This research is an analytic survey research with cross sectional approach. The population is all mothers of infants aged 0-6 months who are in Community Health Centers Korong Gadang.

 

Results

There is a significant relationship between exclusive breastfeeding practices with the support of the father in the exclusive breastfeeding. There is a significant association between father's attitude toward exclusive breastfeeding (p = 0:02 <0.05). Low coverage of exclusive breastfeeding as well as some of the factors that influence fathers require efforts to overcome them.

 

Conclusions

Husband plays an important role in exclusive breastfeeding. Therefore, the husband should be subjected to breastfeeding counseling and encouraged to more actively seek information and actively learn about breastfeeding, so the more knowledgeable in providing support to mothers to breastfeed exclusively.

 

Acknowledgements

The researchers expressed appeciation to Community Health Centers in Korong Gadang Kota Padang.

 

Keywords:  Breastfeeding, Father support, Optimization.