Effect of a breastfeeding educational programme on fathers’ intention to support exclusive breastfeeding: A quasi-experimental study

Saratu O Ajike, Ololade O Ogunsanmi, Augusta E Chinenye-Julius, Jonathan M Dangana, Adebayo M Mustapha

Abstract

Fathers’ support towards exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) is fast gaining recognition as a critical ingredient for successful EBF. This study examined the effect of a breastfeeding programme on fathers’ intention to support EBF in Ikenne, LGA, Ogun State, Nigeria. This study adopted a pretest-posttest quasi-experimental design.  A total of 50 expectant fathers participated in the study.  A theory-based questionnaire was used to collect data. Data were analyzed using SPSS version 25 at p≤0.05. Results revealed a significant effect of the breastfeeding programme on intention (R2 = 0.839, R2adj = 0.837, F (1,70) = 364.337, p = 0.000). There was significant difference in intention between the post-experimental (x̄ = 6.587±0.948) and pre-control (x̄ = 5.444±1.473) groups at p-value = 0.025. A breastfeeding programme targeted at fathers had positive impact on intention towards EBF support. Government policies review is required to ensure the inclusion of fathers in maternal and child health service delivery. (Afr J Reprod Health 2020; 24[3]:59-68).

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