Breastfeeding Practice among Lactating Female Students at Universitas Indonesia, Jakarta


Rika Fauziah, Anhari Achadi

 

Department of Health Policy and Administration, Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Indonesia

 

ABSTRACT

Background: Mothers should have access to professional support for breastfeeding. As a global public health recommendation, the infants should be exclusively breastfed for the first six month of life to achieve optimum growth, development and health. Lactating students faced some problems during breastfeeding caused by college assignment and examination. This study aimed to examine the breastfeeding practice among lactating female students at Universitas Indonesia, Jakarta.

Subjects and Method: A qualitative study with rapid assessment procedures design was conducted at Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Indonesia. The subjects of this study were divided into 2 groups: lactating students with job and without job. The data were collected by focus group discussion (FGD). The others data were collected by in-depth interview with policy makers at the Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Indonesia and Nursing Mothers Association of Indonesia (AIMI), Depok.

Results: Lactating students had good knowledge and positive attitude toward exclusive breast-feeding. Likewise, peer supported well. However, lactating room and related breastfeeding facilities were not available on campus that was present at workplace. Exclusive breastfeeding policy and regulation were absent in the campus. There was a lack of breastfeeding facilities on campus.

Conclusion: Lactating room and related breastfeeding facilities are not available in the campus. There is a lack of university support for breastfeeding.

Keywords: behavior, breastfeeding, college student

Correspondence: Rika Fauziah, Department of Health Policy and Administration, Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Indonesia, Depok 16424, Indonesia. Email: rikaa_zhia@yahoo.com. Mobile: 081316727383.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.26911/theicph.2019.03.37

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