Abstract

The cause of the low use of breast milk is socio-cultural factors. Social roles in the form of support from husbands, mothers / in-laws, other family members, and the community around which both influence exclusive breastfeeding. Cultural factors such as myths and beliefs / beliefs also play a role in the success of exclusive breastfeeding in Selayang Village, Langkat Regency. The purpose of this study was to determine the socio-cultural aspects of exclusive breastfeeding for working mothers in Selayang Village, Langkat Regency in 2017. The research design was qualitative. Sources of informants are mothers who have babies 6-8 months. Data collection by in-depth interviews (In-depth Review). Data were analyzed through the process of data reduction, data presentation and conclusion drawing. The results showed that the social aspects of the role of parents / in-laws, husbands, other relatives, friends / neighbors and community leaders can lead to feelings of happiness and strong enthusiasm so that they become a driving factor in exclusive breastfeeding A culture that can influence informants to be able to provide exclusive breastfeeding for babies is a lot of food habits to increase and facilitate breastfeeding, such as eating lots of vegetables such as rice, katuk (wake-up), nuts, soup, free-range chicken, milk, honey, arsik fruit and fish juices to increase appetite. The conclusion of this research is that social aspects can be a factor for informants for the success of exclusive breastfeeding in the form of family attachments, community views, economics and education as well as health workers / cadres. Cultural aspects that can influence informants to be able to provide exclusive breastfeeding for babies are religion / philosophy of life and cultural values.