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I know there was a very nformative thread recently on this topic (<a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=550090&highlight=vitamin+k" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...ight=vitamin+k</a>) but rather than risk not getting a response by piggy backing on that I thought I'd ask my ? as a new thread.<br><br>
I saw my midwife today ("medwife" really: She is within the Kaiser system) and went over our birthplan with her. I indicated on it NO Vit K unless the baby experienced traumatic birth, in which case WE would provide oral Vit K. I also mentioned with an uneventful birth my plan is to supplement my own diet with Vit K to be passed through my breast milk (and NOT give the baby the drops).<br><br>
She said Vit K is NOT passed through the breast milk nor is it absorbed well by the baby in oral form. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: I have done alot of reading here on the vac board and at the various links posted re. K, which have all said the opposite.<br><br>
HELP!!!! I know not every medical professional is an expert or even right on everything they say so I'm not taking her statement as hard proof of it, BUT now she has me wondering since I really don't know the absolute sources on some of the links or opinions posted here (I'm one of the fools that fell for mattress wrapping!!!).<br><br>
Please give me any info you have from your research and hard medical links if they exist. Thanks. I could never forgive myself if something unlikely happened as a result of not getting the shot but also hate if this is just a scare tactic to pressure us to do it (She was fine with everthing else in our plan which was very "crunchy" to say the least).<br><br>
(x-posting in Vac board)
 

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I think the oral version is less well absorbed that's why they give a higher dose than if they do the shot. Unless the baby goes through a very traumatic birth experience though it shouldn't really be an issue and yes increasing vitamin K in your diet should help your milk have it as well. The bottom line to me is that there must be a reason why the baby doesn't make it until day 8 and BM naturally has low levels of it.<br><br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/vitamins/vitamins.html#VitaminK" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/vi....html#VitaminK</a>
 
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