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what is the difference between an oncology nurse practitioner and an oncology nurse?

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Dr. Amir Faridi
Specializes in Hematology and Oncology
Practitioner: Nurse practitioner can see you and can prescribe treatment while oncology nurse usually deliver chemotherapy or radiation but in actual she can not prescribe tratment by herself.
Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
Not much: Both of these designations imply training in oncology nursing besides being a rn which is a general nursing degree(bs). Most of nurse practioners are ms and have clinical practice expereince in oncology.

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Why won't my baby nurse?

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Dr. Gregg Alexander
Pediatrics 33 years experience
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
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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
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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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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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