I came across an interesting blurb in the March issue of American Baby about the advantages of delaying clamping the umbilical cord. Did you know that a two- to three-minute delay in clamping the umbilical cord improves a child’s iron levels for this first SIX months of life, according to a new study published in the journal Maternal & Child Nutrition. Following delivery, iron-rich blood continues to flow from the placenta to the infant, and clamping and cutting the cord within seconds – a common practice in many hospitals – leaves baby with indadequate blood volume. Missing out on extra iron can hinder motor and cognitive developement. “Ahead of time, when discussing other aspects of your birth plan, ask the physician about delaying cord clamping,” suggests study author Camila Chaparro, Ph.D.
Researching a little further, I also found the following articles: When to Cut the Umbilical Cord: Advantages of Delayed Cord Clamping
It makes sense to me. If I was having another baby I would definitely be having this discussion with my OBGYN. What are your thoughts?
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