KnE Life Sciences | The 2nd International Meeting of Public Health 2016 (IMOPH) – Part II | pages: 254–261

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1. Introduction

Exclusive breastfeeding, according to WHO (2002), is giving only breast milk to the baby and not providing any other food or drink, including water, except medicines and vitamin or mineral drops. Breast milk dairy is also allowed, given to infants aged six months old. Breast milk has exclusive excellent benefits for both mother and baby. Breast milk contains nutrients that are complete, easily digestible, easily absorbed by the baby and also protects the baby from infection. Also, mothers spend less money on breast milk as compared to the formula milk (Riksani 2012).

In developing countries, more than 10 million infants died per year, as two-thirds of deaths associated with nutritional problems that could have avoided. Research done in 42 developing countries showed that exclusive breastfeeding for six months was public health interventions that had the most significant positive impact on lowering child mortality, which was about 13%. WHO data represented that in the year of 2012, exclusive breastfeeding was only 37% and had fulfilled in 26 countries. On a national level, the coverage of exclusive breastfeeding in Indonesia was still low in 2010 with only 33.6% of infants in Indonesia who were exclusively breastfed (Prametiol 2012).

The result of primary health research (Riskesdas) in 2010 stated that breastfeeding in Indonesia had reached 15.3% and formula feeding increased three times higher from 10.3% to 32.5%, whereas the coverage of exclusive breastfeeding in 2013 increased by 30.2%, not higher than the increasing of formula feeding in 2010, amounting to 32.5%. This figure is quite pathetic, public awareness in promoting breastfeeding is still relatively low, including lack of knowledge of pregnant wives, families, and communities in regards to the importance of breastfeeding (Depkes RI 2012; Kemenkes 2013)

Nowadays, giving the exclusive breastfeeding is lower than formula feeding. A husband who understands the importance of exclusive breastfeeding would be very supportive to his wife regarding exclusively breastfeed their children. Therefore mothers will be motivated and will give the exclusive breastfeeding (Kemenkes 2013).

Lack of support from people nearby or husband is one of the factors that lead to becoming less motivated to breastfeed her baby, while a mother whose husband always encourages her in exclusive breastfeeding is likely to become highly motivated and will breastfeed the baby for no less than six months (Riksani 2012).

The development of a husband's support is closely associated with exclusive breastfeeding to infants, and couldn't separate from husband's knowledge regarding the importance of exclusive breastfeeding for infants. Husband's knowledge becomes one of the primary reason regarding his awareness to encourage his wife to breastfeed exclusively for the sake of baby's growth (Riksani 2012).

JDPT Health CenterJatinangor located in Sumedang had a working area of 12 villages, 130 community groups, 473 neighborhoods, 21,669 households and a population of 87,238 inhabitants live in Jatinangor. The number of integrated service post in Indonesia, known as Posyandu in Jatinangor, were 118 Posyandu, with 6,687 toddlers, consisting of aged 0- to 1- year old reaching 1.430 babies and aged one- to five-year-old reaching 5.457 toddlers. Common diseases suffered by infants at age zero- to one-year-old were diarrhea, which was still strongly influenced by the nutritional status and the environment. The number of infants at the age of less than a year suffering from diarrhea was 131 babies. Six months old infants suffering from diarrhea were still strongly influenced by the nutritional status especially on exclusive breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is essential for the optimal development of physical, mental and intelligence for the infants (Pendataan Kecamatan Jatinangor 2012).

Coverage data of exclusive breastfeeding at the Health Center in Jatinangor in the year 2012 was approximately 62.7%, while in Mekargalih was about 77.4%. This was not as expected by the Ministry of Health targeting to achieve 80%. Exclusive breastfeeding was influenced by the involvement of husband (Pendataan Kecamatan Jatinangor 2012).

Research conducted by Ariesta & Sabarwati (2009) showed about the husband's knowledge about the practice of breastfeeding infants in Beji village, East Depok. The study showed out of 36 respondents there were 52.5% of respondents who had a high level of knowledge and the remaining 47.5% had a low level of expertise (Syamsiah 2011).

This study aimed to look at how vital the husbands' support given to the pregnant wives were and to demonstrate the relationship between husbands' support and the continuity of exclusive breastfeeding, so the wives were able to provide optimal breast milk without any additional food for six months.

2. Methods

Research design

This research was a cross-sectional study in which the data concerning all kinds of variables were collected at the same time. The population in this study was the husbands of pregnant wife trimester I, II, and III with the number of 60 people.

Participants were taken overall in the Mekargalih, Jatinangor - Sumedang. The number of participants in this study was 60 people. Sampling technique in this study was a total sampling. The variable in this study was the husbands of pregnant wives' knowledge and support in regards to exclusive breastfeeding.

Data collection technique

The data used in this study were primary data. The data were collected using questionnaire filled out by respondents who fit the criteria of inclusion. The husbands of pregnant wives who live in the Mekargalih got informed consent before filling out surveys. Based on the data obtained from the questionnaires given to respondents who became participants, a test on the poll was performed to measure the quality of the inquiry. Afterward, the analysis of the validity and reliability of the questionnaire was completed.

According to Sugiono (2011), before conducting research, the instruments must be tested before the participants with the same characteristics. The number of respondents in the validity test was 26 people. An instrument was considered valid and could measure the variables if the coefficient value was equal to or above 0.3.

According to Arikunto (2010), the alpha formula used as instrumental support of the reliability test. Alpha formula was applied to find the instrument reliability which scores were not one nor 0, for example, a questionnaire or detailed questions.

The number of respondents who were included in the reliability test was 26 people. An instrument was considered reliable and could measure the variables if the coefficient value was equal to or above 0.70 (Sugiono 2010).

Table 1

Validity dan Reliability Result on Knowledge Questionnaire.

No. Validity Coeff. (ppb) Notes
1 0.512 Valid
2 0.512 Valid
3 0.494 Valid
4 0.512 Valid
5 0.494 Valid
6 0.380 Valid
7 0.743 Valid
8 0.489 Valid
9 0.773 Valid
10 0.494 Valid
11 0.380 Valid
12 0.477 Valid
13 0.513 Valid
14 0.439 Valid
15 0.387 Valid
R-Alpha Cronbach 0.795 Reliable
Table 2

Validity dan Reliability Result on Husbands' Support Questionnaire.

No. Validity Coeff. (r) Notes
1 0.388 Valid
2 0.764 Valid
3 0.469 Valid
4 0.455 Valid
5 0.595 Valid
6 0.357 Valid
7 0.377 Valid
8 0.624 Valid
9 0.606 Valid
10 0.562 Valid
11 0.575 Valid
12 0.496 Valid
R-Alpha Cronbach 0.732 Reliable

Knowledge data analysis

Techniques used in data processing in regards to knowing in this study was percentages added up in every alternative or choice answer on any question, then compared to the maximum value and multiplied by one hundred percent using the formula:



P = percentage

f = the value obtained

N = the maximum value of the total number of respondents

According to Sugiono (2003), the correct answer gives a score of 1 and a wrong answer gives a rating of 0. The result of the mother's knowledge, when the mother answered the questions correctly by 76-100%, means good, 56-75% means enough, and if below 56%, it means less (Syamsiah 2011).

Supportive data analysis

To categorize the husbands' support, the mean of the following data first was calculated as shown below:

x means support,

x < mean it does not support

3. Results

The result of husbands' knowledge in regards to exclusive breastfeeding was shown in the frequency distribution table 3.

Table 3

Frequency Distribution Table of Husbands' Knowledge in regards to Exclusive Breastfeeding.

Husbands' Knowledge in regards to Exclusive Breastfeeding F %
Good 21 35
Enough 29 48.3
Less 10 16.7
Total 60 100

Husbands' support to their pregnant wives in regards to exclusive breastfeeding

The result of husbands' support in regards to exclusive breastfeeding was shown in frequency distribution Table 4.

Table 4

Frequency Distribution of Husbands' Support in regards to Exclusive Breastfeeding.

Husbands' Support in regards to Exclusive Breastfeeding f %
Support 29 48.3
Does not support 31 51.7
Total 60 100

4. Discussion

Husbands' knowledge to their pregnant wives in regards to exclusive breastfeeding in Mekargalih

The result of this study showed that the respondents' awareness in regards to exclusive breastfeeding was mostly categorized as enough knowledge (48.3%), and less knowledge (16.7%). In contrast to the results of research conducted by Siti Syamsiah (2012), the data indicated that the husbands of pregnant wives with profound knowledge were 55%. Meanwhile, the husbands of pregnant wives with poor knowledge were 45%. The results showed that the level of knowledge regarding exclusive breastfeeding was quite high. It was in line with research conducted by Ariesta & Sabarwati (2009). This team researched husbands' knowledge about breastfeeding infants practice in Beiji village, East Depok. The study represented that out of 36 respondents, 52.5% of respondents had a high level of knowledge, and the remaining of 47.5% had a low level of knowledge. The cause of different characteristics and different levels of education was the area of research (Syamsiah 2011).

Husbands' support to their pregnant wives in regards to exclusive breastfeeding

Based on the results, 29 respondents (48.3%) supported their wives in exclusive breastfeeding, while 31 respondents (51.7%) did not. The results obtained from the interview showed that the husband helped his wife in exclusive breastfeeding because they were aware of so many benefits gained in exclusive breastfeeding both for children and his wife. Also, the husband knew not only that exclusive breastfeeding saved money, but also his children would be healthier if they gave breast milk rather than formula milk — however, the majority of husbands whose wives worked disagreed in exclusive breastfeeding because the wives who worked did not have time to breastfeed the child at home.

Support given by a husband to his wife included psychological support, physical, information, and environment. For instance, psychological help from the husbands could provide as motivation, reminder. The husbands should always listen to their wives' complaints regarding exclusive breastfeeding. Physical support the husbands that could do was by doing the house chores so their wives could have a short break in preparation for lactation purposes such as cleaning the breasts and so forth. The husbands of pregnant wives could do educational support by buying or providing a book or magazine on the preparation of exclusive breastfeeding.

5. Conclusions

Based on the result and discussion, it could be concluded that the characteristic of husbands of pregnant wives (respondents) in Mekargalih were mostly between the age of 31- to 40- year old, the highest education level was high school and the lowest education level was elementary school, and most respondents work as a self-employed worker. Most of the husbands of pregnant wives had enough knowledge regarding exclusive breastfeeding. As many as 51.7% husbands of pregnant wives did not support exclusive breastfeeding.


In this study, the authors would like to thank stakeholders at Padjadjaran University who helped and to all parties involved in the Mekargalih who provided an opportunity for the authors to conduct research.



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