The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has just released new guidelines regarding cord clamping after birth.
These new recommendations advise delaying umbilical cord clamping for all healthy infants for at least 30-60 seconds after birth.
Instead of clamping a baby’s umbilical cord straight after birth, it means delaying the process to allow the blood that’s still pulsating in the cord to transfuse into your baby, as midwife Amanda Bude, from Groovy Babies, describes.
Amanda says delaying clamping can increase your baby’s blood volume by approximately 30 per cent. This can then lead to a reduced need for blood transfusion after birth, providing your baby with “four to six months of iron [reserves]”
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