Training materials and job aids in this section have components of both postpartum family planning (PPFP) and maternal, infant and young child nutrition. Materials include topics like antenatal care, immediate and exclusive breastfeeding, maternal nutrition, and complementary feeding. All of the materials have been used in the field. Several training packages develop skills of facility and community-level health workers to provide MIYCN-FP messages and services.
The key to successful integration of both family planning and infant nutrition is to help learners/participants understand the link between FP and infant nutrition listed in the 5 bullets below.
  • Mothers can increase the survival of theImage courtesy of UNICEF and URC/CHSir infants and help them grow strong by exclusively breastfeeding during the first 6 months;
  • Exclusive breastfeeding is giving babies only breast milk. No water or food during the first 6 months;
  • By exclusively breastfeeding, they are likely to be amenorrheic and can practice LAM for 6 months;
  • Mothers must start feeding their babies at 6 months fruits, veggies, animal protein, and micronutrients;
  • Mothers need to transition from LAM to other methods of family planning while continuing to breastfeed.

For specific examples of job aids and counseling cards, please see the SBCC section of the MIYCN-FP Toolkit.

For related training materials, visit the Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancy (HTSP) Toolkit training section and the Essential Nutrition Actions training guide and handouts for health workers.