Encourage a healthful diet based on the Dietary Guidelines and suggest eating meals and snacks that are easy to prepare.
Provide information on the usual pattern of postpartum weight loss.
Arrange for telephone follow-up or a home visit within a few days after hospital discharge to offer support and answer questions.
Try to avoid or drastically reduce the use of potentially harmful substances.
Try to rest as much as possible during the day when the baby is sleeping.
Schedule the first pediatric visit for the mother and baby 7 to 14 days after delivery, or earlier if discharge from the hospital occurs within 48 hours of delivery.
Provide guidance for resuming physical activity that considers the mother's current health status.
Assist with the initiation of breastfeeding immediately or as soon as possible after delivery. Advise the mother as to positioning, breastfeeding techniques, and removing the infant from the breast.
Breastfeed your infant when there are signs of hunger. Feed until at least one breast softens. It is okay to feed on both breasts for as long and as