Seeking Synchrony Between Family Planning and Immunization: A Week-10 DMPA Start Option for Breastfeeding Mothers

Global Health: Science and Practice (GHSP)
September 2017 | Volume 5 | Number 3
http://www.ghspjournal.org/content/current

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Seeking Synchrony Between Family Planning and Immunization: A Week-10 DMPA Start Option for Breastfeeding Mothers
John Stanback
Global Health: Science and Practice September 2017, 5(3):341-344; https://doi.org/10.9745/GHSP-D-17-00063
Many mothers initiate DMPA injectables at 6 weeks postpartum, at the time of their baby’s first immunization visit. Offering an optional delayed DMPA start at the next (10-week) immunization visit has potential advantages including a reduced follow-up schedule with DMPA visits synchronized with other immunization visits, and, possibly, improved contraceptive and immunization outcomes.