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Nurses are often the first line of defense in preventing complications after discharge. In this blog post, we will discuss some discharge planning for a client who is 3 days postpartum. This patient has an uncomplicated pregnancy and delivery with no significant medical history.

They have been discharged to home on day 3 postpartum following their birth because they had adequate milk supply and were breastfeeding well. The nurse should assess the mother’s physical condition at each visit, making sure that she continues to be healthy and comfortable at home as she goes about her daily activities such as bathing, dressing, eating or sleeping without any difficulty.

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The nurse should also assess the mother’s mental state, which may change as she adjusts to her new role of caring for a baby and goes back to work. The client has been given verbal instructions on breastfeeding technique but it is very important that they understand the importance of feeding their infant every four hours during daytime hours and at least once in the night time.

Lastly, if discharge planning includes postpartum depression (PPD), then this needs to be addressed with professional counseling services or support groups when available. PPD can affect mothers’ parenting skills such as providing adequate care for themselves and rewarding activities for themselves before encouraging attention towards their child(ren). Nurses must have an understanding about how symptoms present differently from person-to-


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