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I know we have talked about this a bit before but I wanted to go over it again since I am really torn as to what to do. It seems like this is one of those topics where no matter what you read, there are strong sides for as well as against it.
After reading about it for a while now I THINK we would rather decline the shot. But altogether forgoing Vit K doesn't seem safe either. I did read you can give the oral drops, which is a smaller and more gradual dosage. Is anyone here doing that? Care to share what dosage/ brand, etc you are going with?
Then I read you (as the mom) can also take Vit K supplements and it will come through in the breast milk, passing it along to the baby. Taking it during pregnancy seems to have no impact on the baby's Vitamin K levels at birth though, strangely enough. So if I do the drops, should I still take Vit K myself as well?
Thanks for any input, as always!!
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This is one I am very on the fence about, honestly. We're not doing the hep shot or the eye gloop but we've provisionally planned on this one.. Thanks for the link, K. I'm finding it difficult to get good info on it.
Ive reasearched this a lot and have decided not to do the shot, unless something traumatic happens during the birth. From what I have read almost no Vitamin K is transferred to baby while still in the womb, but afterward if mom has eaten alot of vitamin k rich foods, taken supplements and breatsfeeds that a small amount can transfer..
Also most of my research points to the fact that one of the reasons that the injection is 20,000 times more than what baby needs is becayse their digestive tract does not yet have the flora to break down and use vitamin k, so its basically no going to have any effect until after 8 days.
Sine I have having a c section I keep drilling hubby on what baby is not supposed to have that way he can watch the nurses. They are so used to doing the shot, hep b and the eye goop. I have it written in my chart that I am to bring to the hospital but Ive warned him several times.
We took a baby care class the other night and this came up. The teacher who is an experienced midwife and doula said that obviously it is a personal family decision, but the risk they see is if you are planning to exclusively formula feed because formula already has a high dose of VitK so then you would be double dosing and it can be hard for the baby to process and cause problems potentially down the road. For those of us breastfeeding she said that there is less of a risk in giving the VitK to the baby. We will probably okay that one because of my VitK levels, but not the eye cream or the HepB.