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What's everyone doing about Vit. K?

post #1 of 33
Thread Starter 
I am having a hospital birth with midwives.
I have decided to give oral Vit. K.
In they hospital if you request oral vit. K. they give the injectable, synthetic form orally.
I ordered the natural, plant derived form of oral Vit K. here:
http://www.birthwithlove.com/categor...s%2DOral+Vit+K
Since I am bringing my own vit. K to the hospital I will give it to the baby (not the nurse as per usual).
My mw today suggested that I tell our pediatrician, since she is the one who gives the order for administering the vit. K.

I just got off the phone with the nurse for our pediatrician.

Of course, she tried to scare me a bit. Saying the oral form isn't as well absorbed and it doesn't prevent the later type of hemorrhaging (although we give it at birth, 1 week, and 1 month-- so I'm not sure if that's true).

Also, she said it tastes bad so the baby doesn't want to take it.

I will also be taking vit. k supplements myself and it does pass through breastmilk.

I just hate it when I feel like they are trying to scare me into something I know deep down isn't right.

What are you all doing about vit. K?


Lorette
post #2 of 33
We are just refusing. We don't intend to circumcise, and we're having a hospital birth with a midwife. We'll see how it goes, I guess.
post #3 of 33
We'll be allowing the vitamin k injection.
post #4 of 33
we're skipping it unless something changes and there seems to be a need. we skipped it with ds and didn't have any problems.
post #5 of 33
We will be giving it... (Just no eye goop!)
post #6 of 33
Homebirth with a midwife- skipping it. Did with DD. If there were bruising or trauma i would consider it.
post #7 of 33
We will not be giving vitamin K unless the birth is traumatic or there is bruising or some other medical reason at birth that would indicate it to be a good idea.
post #8 of 33
homebirth.

we are skipping the eye ointment but I will do vit k. My mw will administer it
post #9 of 33
We'll be doing the Vitamin K.
post #10 of 33
What a load of crap about the baby not liking the taste! Like they are gonna 'like' the shot any better! I have seen homebirth midwives give oral vit K at least 2 dozen times and I have never seen a baby cry from the taste of it!

I'm having a homebirth and will be doing oral vit K.
post #11 of 33
Homebirthing- not planning to do it unless the birth is very long or traumatic, or is there is bruising etc. We are not circumcising.
post #12 of 33
We are doing a homebirth and will be skipping it unless our MW thinks it is necessary (bruising, etc.)
post #13 of 33
We'll be doing the vitamin k, but no eye goop or Hep B. I guess I feel like the potential benefits outweigh the potential risks of it.
post #14 of 33
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by goldingoddess View Post
What a load of crap about the baby not liking the taste! Like they are gonna 'like' the shot any better! I have seen homebirth midwives give oral vit K at least 2 dozen times and I have never seen a baby cry from the taste of it!

I'm having a homebirth and will be doing oral vit K.
"Like they are gonna 'like' the shot any better!"
What a great point! Thanks for that......
post #15 of 33
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Originally Posted by Tiffanoodle View Post
We'll be doing the vitamin k, but no eye goop or Hep B. I guess I feel like the potential benefits outweigh the potential risks of it.
I guess I feel like: why give a shot in the first few hours of life as one of their first experiences of the world, when you can just give them a drop of it in their mouth? That's why I want to skip the shot this time.
post #16 of 33
We're having a UC and will not be doing the vit k or any other "newborn" stuff. We didn't last time either.
post #17 of 33
Quote:
Originally Posted by JennaW View Post
We will not be giving vitamin K unless the birth is traumatic or there is bruising or some other medical reason at birth that would indicate it to be a good idea.
Yep. Us too.
post #18 of 33
Getting it. Required by state.
post #19 of 33
Skipping it all together unless the birth is traumatic or baby has bruising. I figure babies are born naturally low in vitamin k and there's probably a reason for that we don't understand. I hate to mess with nature unless there's a clear reason to do so since more often than not the natural course is safest.

Plus, since my babies get all the blood they're supposed to get at birth (ie. no early cord clamping) that helps with blood clotting anyway.
post #20 of 33
Are you planning on breastfeeding cause they get all they need from your colostrum. I personally don't get it if you breastfeed. Seems like overkill.
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