Doctors often clamp the umbilical cord right after a baby is born. But a new study suggests that there might be many benefits, and few risks, if doctors hold off for at least a minute to allow more blood to flow from the placenta to the baby.
After a review of available literature on the subject, researchers found that babies whose cord was clamped later had higher iron levels and were less likely to become anemic than those who were clamped right away. The one downside was an apparent slight increased risk of jaundice in babies whose cords were clamped later. That condition is treated with light therapy.
What is your plan? Will you attempt to delay cord clamping?