Husband Support and Exclusive Breastfeeding

Nurlaily Prasetyawati, Fitriana Kartikasari


Program Study of Nursing, Universitas Muhammadiyah Kudus



Background: Breastfeeding is one of the most effective ways to ensure child health and survival. However, nearly 2 out of 3 infants are not exclusively breastfed for the recommended 6 months-a rate that has not improved in 2 decades. Several factors have been found to be associated with exclusive breastfeeding (EBF), in developed countries; social class, level of education, age of the mother, lack of parental support, living with partner, employment status, parity, place of delivery, and smoking during pregnancy. This study aimed to determine the relationship between husband’s support and exclusive breastfeeding.

Subjects and Method: This was a cross-sectional study conducted in Kandangmas village, Kudus, Central Java. The sample consisted of 32 mothers who had children aged 7-9 months. The dependent variable was exclusive breastfeeding. The indepen­dent variable was husband’s support. The instrument was a questionnaire. The data were analyzed using OR and chi-square.

Results: Husband’s support increased the likelihood of exclusive breastfeeding (OR= 3.84; p= 0.001).

Conclusion: Husband’s support has a positive effect on exclusive breastfeeding.

Keywords: husband’s support, exclusive breastfeeding

Correspondence: Nurlaily Prasetyawati. Study Program of Nursing. Universitas Muhammadiyah Kudus. Jl. Ganesha Raya No. 1 Purwosari, Kudus 59316, Central Java. Email: lppm­@­um­ Mobile: ­+6285725943653.


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