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#1 of 3 Old 09-04-2007, 05:40 PM - Thread Starter
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I am curious if anyone knows if simply supplementing yourself with vitamin K post natally is as effective as giving the baby oral drops. My prenatal has vitamin K in it and I have heard that while vitamin K doesn't pass through the placenta well, it passes through breastmilk well. I am just a bit cautious by nature and I am not comfortable just foregoing vitamin K all together even though we have decided not to get the shot.

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Colostrum is naturally rich in vitamin K, so if you're taking a supplement you should be good to go. There are risk factors, such as long or extremely fast pushing stage, use of forceps or vacuum, mother's use of antibiotics/anticoagulants/anticonvulsants during pregnancy, family history of liver disease, and so on. If you're having a boy and plan to have him circumcised, you should probably get it, unless you are following the Jewish tradition of 8th day circ, since vit. K peaks in the system on the 8th day. If you don't have any of those risk factors, I would skip the shot if you're nursing. That's what we plan to do. There are a LOT of risks associated with the vitamin K shot, and fewer than 2% of infants actually need it -- and many of those could do just as well if certain risk factors would be avoided during pregnancy. I have some links and would be happy to PM you if you like.
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Thank you! That is kind of my plan. If things went wrong and there were complications, I would go for the shot, but as long as everything goes well, we don't want it. We won't be circ'ing him, so that is not a factor. My babies do tend to have some bruising, so I do want to make sure that baby is getting some vitamin K.
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