I get all confused about this issue and I just can't decide whether to go with vit K or not.
As far as I know, vit K prevents an extremely rare life-threatening illness in newborns. The illness is much more likely if the baby has had a lot of bruising eg through a traumatic assisted birth. So if my baby is born normally then I'm not sure that it's really required. To add to that, I think sticking a needle into a newborn is just a horrble way to welcome them to the world. Oral doses are available but I don't believe that receiving a nasty-tasting fluid will be a very pleasant oral experience for a baby just learning to breastfeed. Additionally, repeat oral doses are required and I am sure that our hospital will make these as inconvenient for us as possible.
I let my dd have a vit K injection after birth and I recall that the midwives took pains to make sure we gave our consent. I also recall that she cried for a bit but soon calmed down, though I was pretty hazy after the birth. I was all dead set to refuse it for this baby, but now I'm having second thoughts. What are everyone else's feelings on this issue? I just need to think it through with some other well-informed people.