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what happens if i want to be a nurse who specializes in oncology, how do i go about doing that?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
You would need to: go to nursing school first. You might receive best input from a nursing site.
Dr. Shyamali Singhal
General Surgery 24 years experience
Oncology Nursing Soc: There are few organizations such as oncology nursing society which can give detailed instructions. It does involve additional coursework, testing and certification.

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Why won't my baby nurse?

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Dr. Gregg Alexander
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Many possibilities: There are physical baby issues, mom physical issues, social issues, environmental issues - many possible reasons why babies might have difficulty nursing. See your pediatrician and/or breastfeeding consultant asap.
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A 53-year-old member asked:

Should I be worried that my baby nurses loudly?

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Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Pediatrics 36 years experience
No: Many babies gulp and suck quite noisily. This is not a problem at all. Only worry if you baby is coughing, gagging or having difficulty breathing during feedings.
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Is it normal that I find it difficult to wake my baby to nurse?

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 22 years experience
No: This can actually be a warning sign for very young infants. Babies should feed roughly every 2-3 hours and for the first few weeks not feed fewer than every 4-5 hours. Sleepiness can be a warning sign for illness, infection, jaundice, etc. Once babies are gaining weight well, they generally can be allowed to sleep a little longer. Excessive sleeping should be evalutated by a physician.
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Can I nurse if I have the flu?

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Yes: Absoutely yes! there is no problem with you nursing while you are sick or specifically have the flu. In fact, the baby will get some immune protection from you in the form of specific antibodies in the breast milk. As long as you are careful to cover your mouth and wash your hands thoroughly before and after feeding you should be fine.
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A 44-year-old member asked:

Why is my baby having so much trouble latching when I try to nurse her?

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Dr. Louisa Ramone
Specializes in Pediatrics
Nipples shape,baby: Your pediatrician or obstetrician can tell you if your nipples have problems e.g. Flat, inverted, etc this can prevent your baby from latching on to your breast.That is your nipple is drawn to the back of the baby's mouth and your baby's gums and tongue are compressing on the dark part of your breast(areola). Also if your baby has tongue-tie, (short frenulum, that can prevent a good latch.

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