How Can Support From Fathers Increase Breastfeeding in Children?
A father who provides full support to his wife in the breastfeeding process, from the phase of pregnancy onwards, can improve breastfeeding. The purpose of this research was to determine the correlation between the breastfeeding support of fathers and the provision of breastfeeding in children aged 6-24 months. This research used a descriptive correlation approach with a cross-sectional design. The sample included 117 respondents, recruited through purposive sampling. Data collection was through a questionnaire and checklist. Analysis of these data was through the Chi-square test. The results of the study showed that 76 respondents (65.0%) had implemented breastfeeding support by the fathers, and 50 respondents (42.7%) carried out partial breastfeeding. The results of the Chi-square test were significant (p = 0.001), indicating that there was a correlation between breastfeeding support from fathers and the administration of breastfeeding in children aged 6-24 months. It is therefore suggested that parents who have children aged 6-24 months ensure that the father provides support for breastfeeding for more than 6 months.
Keywords: breastfeeding, father, administering breastfeeding, children
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