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If supplementing with oral vitamin K rather than having baby injected at birth with it, what is the preferred type? 1 or 2? My naturopath indicated she has oral K in her office.  I asked her if she could supply me with the brand name so I can research it and it is called Thorne Vitamin K2.  What is the difference between 1 and 2, and which would be the correct one to use for a newborn after birth?

 

ETA: So far from my research, it looks like K1 is what is used for blood coagulation and K2 is for bone metabolism.  I'm confused as to why my naturopath would suggest a K2 supplement for me and my newborn baby if K2 is for bone metabolism.headscratch.gif  Do both forms, 1 and 2, prevent hemorrhaging and support blood coagulation?  If not, it seems K1 is certainly the type of K I would need.  The vitamin K injection is K1, isn't it? 

 

I guess I'm back to square one....anyone have ideas of a good K1 oral supplement?


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Vitamin k crosses the placenta. Just stock up on vitamin k rich foods in your third trimester.

 

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Vitamin k crosses the placenta. Just stock up on vitamin k rich foods in your third trimester.

 

 

I've read that not enough crosses the placenta at all, so it seems I would have to eat a ton of Vit-K-rich foods to even get a minute amount across the placenta, which is nearly impossible for me since I'm not a huge fan of leafy greens to begin with. (How would you know how much of the leafy greens you need to eat to ensure it's enough for your baby? One time a day, three times a day, etc?) I really have trouble getting greens down, which is why I think supplementing is my best bet.


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I've read not much gets through breastmilk for a while, but that it does cross the placenta. But I don't have sources, so maybe I'm remembering incorrectly. I would think just some healthy portions of vitamin k rich foods? I don't know. But, I'm not one for messing with evolution- I think if it doesn't get to the baby naturally, there is probably a reason for it.

 

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I'm not sure if this is helpful:

 

 

http://thebabybond.com/VitaminKinjectORnot.html

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