Factors Affecting Infant Growth in Community Health Center, Depok, West Java


Rizky Ramadhan, Sri Wahyuningsih, Hany Yusmaini

 

Faculty of Medicine, UPN ‘‘Veteran” Jakarta

 

ABSTRACT

Background: Infant growth is one of important predictor for the future health. Abnormal growth during infancy can have immediate negative effects but also lead to future adverse health effects. This study aimed to determine the factors affecting infant growth in Community Health Center, in Depok, West Java.

Subjects and Method: This was a cross sectional study conducted in a community health center (Puskesmas), in Depok, West Java. A sample of 82 infants aged 0 to 6 months was selected for this study. The dependent variable was growth. The independent variables were exclusive breastfeeding status, maternal attitude, and maternal employment. Infant growth was measured by weight and height for age. The other data were measured by questionnaire. The data were analyzed by a multiple logistic regression.

Results: Infant growth increased with exclusive breastfeeding (OR= 2.20; 95%CI= 1.44 to 7.08), positive maternal attitude (OR= 3.22; 95%CI= 1.07 to 5.43), and mothers working at home (OR= 2.43; 95%CI= 1.77 to 6.31). 

Conclusion: Infant growth increases with exclusive breastfeeding, positive maternal attitude, and unemployed mother.

Keywords: exclusive breastfeeding, maternal attitude, unemployed mother, infant growth infant 0 to 6 months.

Correspondence: Sri Wahyuningsih. Faculty of Medicine, UPN ―Veteran‖ Jakarta. Email: dr_sriwahyuningsih@yahoo.com. Mobile: 081287552465.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.26911/the6thicph.03.82

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