- Mothers and newborns should receive routine postnatal care. Four routine postpartum contacts are recommended:
1. In the facility for the first 24 hours or at home within the first 24 hours
2. On day 3
3. In days 7 through 14
4. At 6 weeks
- Coordinate family planning visits with an infant’s immunization schedule.
- Optimal breastfeeding offers triple value: important improvements in child survival and health, better health for mothers, and temporary contraception (see Lactational Amenorrhea Method). Still, any breastfeeding is better than none (except if a woman has HIV; see Preventing Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV)
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