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<p>I'm trying to decide if we're going to give the Vit K after baby is born- My Midwife said that we can do an Oral dose or a shot but the Oral doesn't protect against the later onset bleeding disorders- but I feel iffy doing the shot. I know I need to do more research But I wanted to see what others were doing.</p>
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<p>What are your thoughts? What are your reasons?</p>
 

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<p>i'm interested in replies on this topic, too .... what are the disadvantages to giving the shot?</p>
 

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<p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family:'Book Antiqua';line-height:normal;">The main issue with the shot is that amount of vitamin K injected is 20,000 times the needed dose- there is not really any info about why they do this. It may also contain preservatives that can be toxic. I also feel it is quite stressful for a newborn to receive a shot immediately after birth...(these are totally just my reasons though!).</span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family:'Book Antiqua';line-height:normal;">I had Tabitha in hospital, and they did accept my decision not to administer the Vit K. We didn't do the oral dose either, but this is definitely the option I would go for if I had to.</span></span></p>
 

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<p>We've never done it and have no plans to. Unless our family has a history of blood clotting disorders, there's no reason to do it. Vitamin K shots were introduced following an artificial 'need' to after birth became a sterilized, rather inhumane process. Without any exposure to good bacterias through breastfeeding, skin to skin contact or normal birth, vitamin k wasn't able to colonize the baby's gut so it became a "problem". Routine shots were the solution, rather than giving mom access to baby right away or cutting down on the unnecessary amounts of sterilization.</p>
<p>Vitamin K colonizes in the baby's gut following introduction to colostrum or simply skin on skin contact. Also, interestingly enough, your rectum fills with vitamin K toward the end of pregnancy and as baby is born with head facing down it actually gets a pretty hefty dose of good bacteria bloom from your body. :) Birth is pretty awesome!</p>
 

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<p>Since pharmacy is my field, this is a question I fully intend to research in all pertinent detail (why not, since I'm a geek?) My initial research hasn't turned up a satisfactory answer, so I'm going to keep looking. I'm inclined to say no unless there is bruising or birth trauma, but I want to research the differences in absorption, etc. between oral and injection form in the case I elect to use it.</p>
 

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<p>I chose to do oral vit K day 1 and day 7 after birth with my last daughter.  We did not have a traumatic birth or anything and never had a problem.  I just don't think it's necessary to pump a baby's body full of it when all babies don't need it.  If you have a particular traumatic birth, blood clotting disorders in your family, etc., I could see how you could possibly opt for the shot, but to me, there aren't many reasons to.  It is, yet again, a net trying to catch the few that might 'slip' through. </p>
 

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<p>LittleTeapot, that is so interesting... "your rectum fills with vitamin K toward the end of pregnancy and as baby is born with head facing down it actually gets a pretty hefty dose of good bacteria bloom from your body"</p>
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<p>I didn't realise that! Our bodies are awesome! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/smile.gif"></p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>LollyOrglamic</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1288165/vitamin-k#post_16149715"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p> </p>
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<p>LittleTeapot, that is so interesting... "your rectum fills with vitamin K toward the end of pregnancy and as baby is born with head facing down it actually gets a pretty hefty dose of good bacteria bloom from your body"</p>
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<p>I didn't realise that! Our bodies are awesome! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/smile.gif"></p>
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<p>Isn't that fascinating!? I can't remember where I was reading about that now, but it was amidst a fascinating breakdown of how our bodies prepare for labour and help baby adapt to life outside the womb. We really are made to do it right!<br>
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