Visit at 4 to 6 Weeks Post Partum

The customary postpartum visit with the obstetric care provider offers a valuable opportunity to assess problems relating to the mother's nutritional status and breastfeeding experience.

Gathering Information
History—Sample Questions
  • How many hours of sleep are you able to get?

  • Have you gone to work outside your home or to school? If not, Are you planning to do so?

Diet and Weight
  • How many times a day do you eat?

  • About how many glasses or cups of fluids are you drinking every day?

  • How do you feel about your weight now?

  • If the mother is concerned about excessive weight, ask: Are you trying to lose weight? How? What is your weight loss goal?

  • Are you continuing to breastfeed your baby? If mother is breastfeeding with or without supplementary formula, ask:

    • How many times a day do you breastfeed your baby?

    • When do you alternate your breasts?

    • How is breastfeeding going for you?

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