Factors Associated with Maternal Motivation to Provide Exclusive Breastfeeding in Pati, Central Java

Retno Wulan


School of Heath Sciences Bakti Utama, Pati, Central Java



Background: Young and inexperienced mothers are often manipulated and confused by different views and recommendations about breastfeeding duration and initiation. Uncertainty or fear about a new situation, and breastfeeding in particular, play an important role in distracting maternal decision-making to provide exclusive breastfeeding. This study aimed to examine factors associated with maternal motivation to provide exclusive breastfeeding in Pati, Central Java.

Subjects and Method: A cross sectional study was conducted at Ngepung village, Pati, Central Java, from February to March 2017. A sample of 45 lactating mothers with their children aged 7-12 months was selected by total sampling. The dependent variable was exclusive breastfeeding. The independent variables were knowledge, employment status, and husband support. The data were collected by questionnaire and analyzed by chi square.

Results: The prevalence of exclusive breastfeeding among lactating mothers was 53.3%. Maternal motivation to provide exclusive breastfeeding was associated with good maternal knowledge (OR= 12.16; 95% CI= 2.97 to 49.64; p<0.001), working at home (OR= 0.13; 95% CI= 0.03 to 0.50; p= 0.002), and strong husband support (OR= 6.07; 95% CI= 1.66 to 22.11; p= 0.005).

Conclusion: Maternal motivation to provide exclusive breastfeeding increased with good maternal knowledge, working at home, and strong husband support.

Keywords: exclusive breastfeeding, motivation, husband support

Correspondence: Retno Wulan. School of Health Sciences Bakti Utama, Pati, Central Java. Jl. Ki Ageng Selo 15, Pati, Central Java. Email: wuland.cimmutzz12@gmail.com. Mobile: +62 8574096-9271.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.26911/the6thicph.03.70

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