The Correlation Between Husband’s Support And Attitude In Exclusive Breastfeeding

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Afi Lutfiyati
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Muhammad Noor Hidayat

Abstract

Exclusive breastfeeding is important for growth and development of infants and also immune system. Exclusive breastfeeding can prevent diarrhea, respiratory infections, and ear infections. Breast milk can also reduce and prevent the occurrence of non-infectious diseases, such as allergies, obesity, malnutrition, asthma and speed recovery from sickness to the baby, and help spacing births to the mother. One of the family supports that is   essential for mothers to enhance the exclusive breastfeeding quality is the husband’s role. Optimal husband support can increase the wife's positive thoughts that have an impact on the breastfeeding process. Wives become more careful in providing supplementary food, and also increase prolactin hormone and let down reflexes. Husband’s attitude affect mother’s intention to breastfeed the baby for long duration that needed if husband has positif attitude to support exclusive breastfeeding done by mother. The research is aimed to identify the correlation between husband’s attitude and supports for exclusive breastfeeding at Bantul I Community Health Center. The study used Quantitative study design with cross-sectional  approach. The purposive sampling technique was carried out to obtain the research sampling. As many as 39 husbands whose wives were having babies age 6 to 12 months served as the research respondents. The researcher used questionnaires as research instrument. Statistically, the kendall’s tau formula was used to analyzed data. Most husbands have positif attitude. 17 respondents ( 43.6 % ) fall within the good category. In addition, mostly, the husband’s supports also fall within the good category. 16 husbands (41.0 % ) have provided proper supports for mothers in practicing exclusive breastfeeding. The Kendall’s tau test indicated a p-value of 0.014 < 0.05 with a coefficient correlation (τ) of 0.324. There is significant correlation between husband’s attitude and supports for exclusive brastfeeding at Bantul I community Health Center. There is a low correlation between variables.

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