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Does Husband Support Associated with the Duration of Breastfeeding?

Bintang Agustina Pratiwi, Anisa Lesmi, Hasan Husin, Wulan Angraini, Desri Suryani

Abstract

Background: Breastfeeding coverage in the Bengkulu ranks second lowest (68.9%) in Indonesia. The husband is the closest person mother who can support successful breastfeeding up to 2 years. This study aimed to examine the effect of husband support on the duration of breastfeeding.

Subjects and Method: This was a cross sectional study. A sample of 44 fathers who had children aged 2-3 years in Lingkar Barat community health center, Bengkulu, was selected for this study. The dependent variable was breast­feeding duration. The independent variable was informational support, assessment support, instrumental support and emotional support. Data collection using a valid and reliable questionnaire. Data analysis was performed using multiple linear regression.

Results: The results showed the informational support (b= 0.37; 95% CI= -0.07 to 0.75; p= 0.046), apprisial support (b= 0.29; 95% CI= -0.39 to 0.98; p= 0.393), and instrumental support (b= 0.43; 95% CI= -0.18 to 1.05; p= 0.161) were positively associated with the duration of breastfeeding. Emotional support was negatively associated with the duration of breastfeeding (b= -0.37; 95% CI= -1.03 to 0.29; p= 0.252).

Conclusion: Husband's support is associated with length of breastfeeding.

Keywords: husband support, duration of breastfeeding.

Correspondence: Bintang Agustina Pratiwi. Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Muhammadiyah Bengkulu. bintangagustinap@umb.ac.id. Mobile : 085267557125.

Journal of Maternal and Child Health (2022), 07(03): 326-333
https://doi.org/10.26911/thejmch.2022.07.03.09

 

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