Postpartum Nutritional Care in the Hospital

Gathering Information

Check the medical record to identify relevant questions and avoid unnecessary repetition.

  • Was the delivery by cesarean section?

  • Was it a multiple birth?

History—Sample Questions
  • How will your family, friends, or others help you when you go home?

  • Do you need birth control?

  • Does the mother wish to breastfeed? If yes, determine the following by reviewing the mother's history and by physical examination:

    • Is the infant able to latch on to the nipple and areola and suckle vigorously?

    • Are the nipples [still] inverted or flat?

    • Has she been using any medication or drug that is contraindicated when breastfeeding?

    • Does the baby have anomalies or medical complications that may interfere with feeding?

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