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why would a nursing home have petting zoo animals brought into nursing home?

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Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Pet therapy: Pet therapy has been well recieved in hospitals as well as nursing homes. In order to be labelled as a pet dog--the animal has to undergo certain testing. I am sure if one is opposed to having an animal in their room- the staff would welcome your concern. The friendly animal can bring a lot of happiness in the person visited.

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Have I been nursing for too long?

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Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics 32 years experience
No: The aap recommends exclusive breastfeeding for all babies for 6 months, and that mom's breastfeed their babies until one year, or longer if both mom and baby desire. Breast milk is the best choice for every baby. If you feel that it's time to wean, or you need to wean and can't, please discuss this with your pediatrician.
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How will a nursing pillow help me?

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Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Good support: Nursing pillows are a great way to cradle your baby safely while feeding as well as making your breastfeeding much more comfortable. Positioning your baby for the feed can be much easier with a pillow when they are in early infancy and need better support.
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How do I prepare for nursing?

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Dr. Patricia Vuguin
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Breastfeeding: Gently massage a few drops of colostrum or baby oil or baseline into your nipples every couple of days, starting a few weeks before your baby is born. Expose to breast to air. Contact your local la leche league league consultant about the specific methods that will fit your breast profile.
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Do I need to take the pill if I am nursing?

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No: It depends on what your wishes are for birth control. Even women who are exclusively nursing can get pregnant after the baby is about three months old. Some women use condoms. You may not be able to use the rhythm method. If you want a birth control pill, the best one to use is the minipill since it will not affect your milk supply.
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Should I stop eating fish while im nursing because of the mercury?

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Dr. Paul Trani
Specializes in Pediatrics
What type of fish?: There are plenty of fish out there that have no discernible mercury in them. I don't have space for the entire list, but I use a smartphone app called safe seafood to determine what fish to buy for my wife or not - catfish, alaskan salmon, us tilapia, and rainbow trout are all decent choices. Stay away from chilean sea bass, grouper, farmed atlantic salmon, Asian tilapia, and most tuna.

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