Basic Guidance
All Women
Diet
  • 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.

Discharge Advice
  • 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.

Breastfeeding Women
Initiating Breastfeeding
  • 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



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